Kavanaugh tells senators Mueller’s appointment was appropriate: report

Kavanaugh tells senators Mueller’s appointment was appropriate: report
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has told senators during private meetings that he believes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's appointment was appropriate, according to CNN

During his 39 meetings with senators on Capitol Hill, Kavanaugh has reportedly declined to say if he believes Mueller's investigation is constitutional, given he could weigh in on the matter from the high court if he is confirmed.

Kavanaugh has also told senators that he believes Congress should take the lead on impeaching and removing a president, as well as enact a law to ensure a president can be indicted after leaving office, CNN reported.

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"What he was saying is there are devices to remove a president at such time that you could carry on prosecution," Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters MORE (R-N.C.) told CNN. "So he was talking more about process. I thought it made perfect sense."
 
"You'd have to really distort his words not to come to the same conclusion," Tillis added. 

In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote that presidents should not be indicted or distracted by investigations while holding the office, a position that has come under fire by Democrats.

Kavanaugh also worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated former President Clinton. During that time, Kavanaugh argued that a president could be impeached for lying to his staff or misleading the public, but he later reportedly changed this stance after observing the discord caused by Clinton's impeachment. 

Multiple Democrats have expressed concern that Kavanaugh would resist Mueller's investigation, which is probing possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePoll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union MORE (R-Ariz.), a frequent Trump critic, told CNN that he does not "share those concerns." 

The only Democrat Kavanaugh has met with is moderate Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal MORE (D-W.Va.), who is facing reelection in a state that went to Trump in 2016. Manchin told CNN that he believes Kavanaugh would be an independent judge.