Democrats think Trump’s Supreme Court nominee might shield him from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Some Senate Democrats say Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s past writings about how presidents should not be subject to “distracting” lawsuits is problematic as it relates to what might come out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Kavanaugh previously wrote in a law review that President Bill Clinton would have been better served not having deal with the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

WASHINGTON — A group of Senate Democrats want to know more about President Donald Trump’s new Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, particularly regarding his previous writings on what types of legal scrutiny the commander in chief should be subject to as it relates to anything that might arise from the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller.

In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote an article for the Minnesota Law Review describing his belief that US presidents should not be subject to certain probes and lawsuits.

“Having seen first-hand how complex and difficult that job is, I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible,” he wrote. “The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office.”

Kavanaugh mentioned that former President Bill Clinton would have had more free time to hunt down terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden if he had not been “distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots.”

Kavanaugh also wrote that Congress should pass laws for safeguards against the distractions he previously mentioned.

“With that in mind, it would be appropriate for Congress to enact a statute providing that any personal civil suits against presidents, like certain members of the military, be …read more

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