Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh: A look into his finances

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh: A look into his finances

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, on Monday, making his second high court pick in as many years.

Karl asked Fallon if he and other Democrats are "entirely misstating" Kavanaugh's view of executive power, noting that in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, Kavanaugh explicitly said that Congress "might consider exempting a president" from criminal prosecution and investigations because there is "no constitutional protection".

Al Kauffman, a professor at St. Mary's University School of Law, said Kavanaugh has a pretty good chance at getting confirmed based on his qualifications, but it will be a very close vote.

"At this time, the Kavanaughs have no debts beyond their home mortgage", said White House spokesman Raj Shah.

According to The Washington Post, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt between three credits cards and a personal loan in 2016 but the debt either was paid off or fell below the required amount to be reported. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets. Kavanaugh, who is known to be a Nationals fan, declined to comment.

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Kavanaugh is set to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. "But from what little he's written, it doesn't appear that he's going to be writing in a whole different vein than where the court as a whole has been - but that's a guess".

Kavanaugh has spent most of his career working in the public sector and his finances pale in comparison to some of his potential future colleagues.

Federal law requires only broad ranges for disclosure forms, and such filings include assets for spouses, so it is hard to pinpoint an exact financial snapshot for an individual. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth disclosed by Supreme Court justices was $4.6 million in 2017.

The poll also found the American public is torn on whether a "qualified" and "ethical" Supreme Court nominee should be evaluated on his stance on a specific issue. Justice Clarence Thomas reported assets between $695,000 and $1.7 million, the least among the justices (the figures don't include home values).

- "Purchasing season tickets to watch the chronically disappointing Washington Nationals play baseball in their charmless stadium year after year", Deadspin deadpanned "is a troubling sign of poor judgment".

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