Krystal Ball: Trump's 'loyalty test' set Kavanaugh apart from the other Supreme Court candidates

Hill TV host Krystal Ball said on Tuesday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's past argument that sitting presidents should be shielded from criminal and civil investigations was what set him apart in President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's eyes from other candidates. 

"If you look at the list of judges that the president put out that was essentially drafted by the Heritage Foundation, all of them very conservative, all of them, I would say, very like-minded on how they are likely to rule. The one thing that sets Kavanaugh apart is that he is on the record saying that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and I really think that's why you have this pick today," Ball told co-host Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"There are plenty of different people in the world of jurisprudence. If you were to ask them — plenty of judges, plenty of former judges and plenty of lawyers who would say you can't indict a sitting president," Sexton responded. "This isn't particularly novel," he continued, adding that focusing in on Kavanaugh's comments signaled "a little bit of 'Trump derangement syndrome.' "

"He is very qualified, but there is one thing that sets him apart, and that is essentially the equivalence from this president, for this president, of a loyalty test," Ball later said.  

The comments come less than a day after Trump announced his nomination of Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court. 

Kavanaugh worked with Kenneth Starr in the 1990s when he investigating former President Clinton. 

The Supreme Court nominee argued that the president should be protected from criminal and civil investigations because they interfere with their official duties. 

Critics of the president say Kavanaugh's argument could be attractive to Trump due to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling.  

— Julia Manchester