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.

"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 TillisNorth Carolina governor: We saw ‘significant damage’ in eastern part of state GOP senator on allegation against Kavanaugh: 'Why on Earth' wasn't it discussed earlier? North Carolina senator: Damage from Florence 'in the billions of dollars' 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 FlakeGrassley: No reason to delay Kavanaugh hearing Dem senators back Kavanaugh accuser's call for FBI investigation Kavanaugh accuser says FBI should investigate before she testifies 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) ManchinThe Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world Kavanaugh becomes September surprise for midterm candidates Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday 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.