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‘Justice on Trial:’ Kavanaugh confirmation circus revisited

Brett Kavanaugh

MADISON — As last fall’s Senate’s confirmation hearings hit fever pitch, Ashley Kavanaugh could have been forgiven for contemplating the pain of unanswered prayers. 

Her husband, U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, was being skewered by opportunistic Democrats, a reckless press, and a blood-thirsty #MeToo movement. 

The liberal campaign against President Donald Trump’s nominee was coordinated, and it was nasty. Congressional Democrats and their left-wing allies pushed a viciously false narrative that Kavanaugh, noted for his originalist reading of the law, had a dark past of alcohol-fueled sexual misconduct. The Trump-hating mainstream media gladly went along for the ride, and while the allegations against  Kavanaugh were rapidly debunked, that didn’t stop the left from trying to destroy him in a malicious political circus.  

“We learned from Ashley Kavanaugh, Judge Kavanaugh’s wife, that even before he was nominated, she was praying he wouldn’t be nominated because she knew it would be a very hard process. Of course, she couldn’t have imagined how bad it was,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, recently told Empower Wisconsin on the Vicki McKenna Show. 

It wasn’t just Brett Kavanaugh on trial. The politically charged confirmation hearings indicted due process and convicted the concept of presumption of innocence. 

That’s the premise of Severino’s powerful new book, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. 
Co-authored by Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, the book examines arguably one of the darkest chapters in American politics. 

“We lived through it like everyone did, watching the horror of what was going on. But we also knew there were a lot of stories that hadn’t been told and we knew that this was one of the most important things that happened to the country this past year,” Severino said. 

The book draws from dozens of interviews, including the people who knew Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford and the Kavanaugh family. The authors also interviewed President Trump, Supreme Court justices, and senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee to get a fuller understanding of “how that debacle of a confirmation happened.” 

They set out to put the judicial melodrama in context, but they also wanted to hold accountable the people who pushed a new low in the politics of personal destruction. 

“We want to make sure people know and remember what happened here,” Severino said. “That’s our best insurance to prevent it from ever happening again.” 

Listen to the full interview with Carrie Severino here. 

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