Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE reportedly "strongly considered" withdrawing his nomination of Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Virginia's new Republican AG urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Supreme Court sides with murder defendant in major evidentiary ruling MORE during the controversial 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings because the justice expressed a fondness for beer and appeared too apologetic, according to former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Jan. 6 probe roils Cheney race in Wyoming House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? MORE's new book, "The Chief’s Chief."
Kavanaugh faced accusations during the confirmation process that he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford as a teenager, but according to Meadows's book, it was the judge saying that he "liked beer" that Trump was "extremely put off" by, Politico reported. Meadows wrote that the comment prompted Trump to suggest dropping the nomination, per the news outlet.
Meadows reportedly advised Trump against making that decision because the “blowback would be severe,” Politico noted.
Meadows also alleged in his new book that Trump tested positive for the coronavirus just a few days before his first debate with then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Both Meadows and Trump have since refuted those claims, with Trump saying they are "fake news" and Meadows agreeing.
"Well, the president's right. It's fake news. If you actually read the book — the context of it — that story outlined a false positive," the former chief of staff said on Newsmax earlier this month.