Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh: A look into his finances

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh: A look into his finances

"He's already pretty much stated that he doesn't think it's appropriate to even investigate a sitting President, which I find kind of weird", King says. Federal circuit judges make about $220,000 annually, and Kavanaugh also earned $27,000 from teaching at Harvard Law School previous year.

Kavanaugh, known to be a baseball fan, was paid back by his friends and retired the debt in 2017. "Investigative reporters scoured his financial disclosures and learned that he and his friends buy tickets to baseball games and that he pays his bills", McConnell said in a speech on Thursday. Judges aren't required to disclose this information. Other costs were related to home improvements, White House spokesman Raj Shah told the Washington Post.

On Wednesday, the former press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign told ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast hosts Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein that "there's more than a million pages of documents" from Kavanaugh's time working under President George W. Bush.

He lists just two kinds of assets - unspecified accounts held with Bank of America, and his wife's retirement fund from her job in Texas - totaling between $15,000 to $65,000. Public real estate filings indicate that the couple has refinanced their mortgage twice, most recently in 2015. It reported that in 2016 the nominee had reported accrued debt of between $60,000 and $200,000.

Kavanaugh's financial disclosures are not all-inclusive and could be significantly lower than the actual value of his combined assets.

Senator Graham Slams Democratic Dissent of Kavanaugh
Democratic senators spent Tuesday trying to connect the dots between potential threats to health care and Trump's high court pick. Still, Democrats are pointing to that case as a red flag as Congress considers elevating Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

His financial disclosures reveal that his assets are worth between $15,000 to $65,000, placing him at the lowest amongst Supreme Court Justices in terms of net worth - or about 10 times less than Justice Clarence Thomas, who now holds the title.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, it would mean a significant shift to the right for the Supreme Court, according to the Judicial Common Space system, a metric developed by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Chad Westerland. Justice Stephen Breyer is the richest, with assets of $6.4 million to $16.6 million.

McCain said "Over the course of Judge Kavanaugh's impressive legal career, he has built a reputation as a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers".

Kavanaugh lives in the affluent Village of Chevy Chase, Section 5, where his wife works as the town manager and draws a $66,000 annual salary.

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