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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 TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE during a private moment that he should consider Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare in 7-2 ruling 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 GorsuchFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court unveils two major opinions Supreme Court unanimously sides with Catholic adoption agency that turned away same-sex couples 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.