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The Disturbing Symmetry Between Trump and Kavanaugh
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The Disturbing Symmetry Between Trump and Kavanaugh

Authors Jesse Lee and Talia Dessel discuss Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's compromising stance on holding the president immune from a criminal investigation, particularly given special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

Authors

  • Jesse Lee
  • Talia Dessel

It might be inherent in our Constitutional design that a Supreme Court nominee would reflect the values of his or her appointing president. But when that nominee is the mirror image of a deeply corrupt president, whose authoritarian impulse to put himself above the law flashes through in 140-character outbursts, it’s not a family resemblance we can afford to ignore.

Brett Kavanaugh has shown throughout his nomination process that he has a distinct leaning toward holding the president immune from a criminal investigation, even as President Trump seems ever closer to drowning in one. Even more disturbing, however, is a comparison of President Trump’s most erratic and lawless statements with the more erudite and crafted positions of Judge Kavanaugh.

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Authors

Jesse Lee

Senior Adviser

Talia Dessel

Research Analyst