Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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How much Trump Supreme Court justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could make

How much Trump Supreme Court justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could make

Just a day after reports surfaced that Donald Trump and retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made a secret deal to secure Kennedy's retirement by picking former Kennedy law clerk Brett Kavanaugh to take the vacant seat on the court, as the Inquisitr reported, Kavanaugh's financial disclosure forms revealed that the prospective high court justice ran up somewhere between $60,000 and $200,000 in credit card debt as well as a bank loan by the end of 2016 - debt that took about a decade to accumulate but somehow disappeared in 2017, after Trump took office.

Over his dozen years on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh has shown a more confident conservatism than Justice Kennedy, the 30-year veteran he would succeed.

The Washington Post reported the news Wednesday, citing White House spokesman Raj Shah in its report. Each credit card held between $15,000 and $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 and $50,000. Shah said Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him, and he's no longer in charge of purchasing the tickets.

"It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees", Graham said in the interview with Fox host Martha MacCallum.

"Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who has dedicated his life to public service", Shah said.

The documents do not provide a complete record of Kavanaugh's finances. Public real estate filings indicate that the couple has refinanced their mortgage twice, most recently in 2015. So how did Kavanaugh pay down the alleged baseball debts?

Reyes predicted close scrutiny of Kavanaugh's decisions.


The same poll finds that 56 percent of IN voters want their Senator, Joe Donnelly, to vote to confirm the Kavanaugh. Sen. It is unlikely that Kavanaugh would land at the outermost pole of the court, where Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first appointee, have aligned. Federal circuit judges make about $220,000 annually, and Kavanaugh also earned $27,000 from teaching at Harvard Law School previous year.

"In doing so, Kavanaugh invoked Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes and the lessons of the court in the early 20th century: "(H) istory and precedent counsel caution before reaching out to decide hard constitutional questions too quickly, especially when the underlying issues are of lasting significance.

Antonin Scalia, who served as an associate justice from 1986 to his death in 2016, earned $60,000 in noninvestment income in 2014.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination.

On the current Supreme Court scale, Kavanaugh might compare to Justice Samuel Alito, a 2006 appointee and unflinching conservative. Last year, Sotomayor reported more than $117,000 in income from publisher Penguin Random House.

Academic trips and fellowships can also bring in additional income. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg earned $25,000 as a visiting fellow to Stanford University previous year.

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