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 TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE during a private moment that he should consider Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Supreme Court denies Illinois churches' request for action after state eases restrictions Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members 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 denies California church's challenge to state restrictions Speculation swirls about next Supreme Court vacancy Supreme Court denies Trump officials' effort to block order on moving at-risk inmates 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.