In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book

In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book
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Former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE during a private moment that he should consider Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughClean energy opportunities in a time of crisis Susan Collins and the American legacy The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE for the next opening on the high court, according to a new book. 

The book, “Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover,” was written by Washington Post editor Ruth Marcus and obtained by the Post

Kennedy asked for the moment with Trump following Justice Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme Court's Pennsylvania mail ballot ruling tees up test for Barrett 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll Supreme Court denies GOP bid to block extended mail ballot due date in Pennsylvania MORE's 2017 swearing-in, according to the newspaper. Kennedy then told Trump to consider Kavanaugh, who had clerked for him and was not on Trump's first list of potential picks. 


The book also says that former White House Counsel Don McGahn advocated for Kavanaugh's nomination, which was also supposed by former President George W. Bush, according to the Post. 

Kennedy, a Reagan nominee who in some cases provided a crucial swing vote, wanted to be replaced by a Republican, Marcus reported. 

He retired in June 2018, more than a year after the conversation with Trump that the book details. Shortly thereafter, Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace him. 

The now-Supreme Court justice was a particularly controversial nominee. Before his confirmation, several women came forward accusing the judge of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of them. He was confirmed to the court last October. 

"Supreme Ambition" is expected to be published next month.