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 TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE during a private moment that he should consider Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughRoe v. Wade soon could become a right on paper only Nikki Haley hires Heritage Action chief to run her policy group Susan Collins in statistical tie with Democratic challenger: poll 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 GorsuchRoe v. Wade soon could become a right on paper only Nikki Haley hires Heritage Action chief to run her policy group First, we'll neuter all the judges 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. 

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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.