Report Says Kavanaugh Discouraged Other Justices From Siding in Politicized Cases

Headline Roundup July 30th, 2020

An exclusive investigation from CNN details how Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh reportedly asked fellow justices to consider avoiding major rulings in decisive cases, including a prominent Louisiana abortion law and a battle over President Donald Trump's tax records. Kavanaugh reportedly discouraged the court from taking sides in seemingly politicized matters.

The CNN report and coverage from other left-rated outlets generally framed Kavanaugh's reported behavior as "sidestepping" key decisions, or as an ineffective attempt at bipartisanship. The story was covered less frequently by right-rated publications; some right-rated voices praised Kavanaugh, instead framing his reported actions as productively independent.

Report Says Kavanaugh Discouraged Other Justices From Siding in Politicized Cases

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ANALYSIS

Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, perhaps more than any other Supreme Court justices in modern history, are closely connected to the president who appointed them. Gorsuch got his seat after Republicans stonewalled the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland and then Trump unexpectedly prevailed in the 2016 election. And any other president probably would have withdrawn his nominee after Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, but Trump dug deep, and Kavanaugh crossed the finish line. That past cannot be erased, but a new prologue is being written. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh know full well...

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh urged his colleagues in a series of private memos this spring to consider avoiding decisions in major disputes over abortion and Democratic subpoenas for President Donald Trump's financial records, according to multiple sources familiar with the inner workings of the court.

In the abortion controversy, Kavanaugh wanted the justices to sidestep any ruling on the merits of a Louisiana law that could have closed abortion clinics in the state, CNN has learned. The case marked the first time in four years the justices were taking...

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a series of memos to his colleagues on the nation’s highest court urging them not to take up recent cases on Louisiana abortion regulations and Democratic subpoenas for President Trump’s financial records, CNN reported Wednesday.

The justice recommended his colleagues avoid ruling on the merits of the Louisiana law, a case viewed by both pro- and anti-abortion rights groups as the high court’s first chance to revisit the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision since President Trump appointed Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch to...

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