Yale Prof: Brett Kavanaugh Is An Originalist Like Justice Clarence Thomas

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A Yale professor joined Neil Cavuto on Fox News Tuesday to make the case for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he would judge according to the Constitution.

“Judge Kavanaugh is more of a originalist and that’s not a bad thing. That is something that actually — I got my constitution here — who cares a lot especially about the text and the original history and understanding of the Constitution,” said Akhil Reed Amar, a professor at Yale Law School.

Amar went on to compare Kavanaugh to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, saying that they are constitutional originalists.

“Clarence Thomas is a better originalist than Justice Scalia was because Clarence Thomas was more open to read his history books and historical scholarship and I think Judge Kavanaugh, when he’s Justice Kavanaugh, when he does, will be very open to reading good historical scholarship, trying to give him a better sense and his colleagues what this document really says,” Amar said.

Amar, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, published an op-ed in The New York Times Monday night titled, “A Liberal’s Case for Brett Kavanaugh.”

In the op-ed, Amar argues that Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh is his “classiest move” and said Kavanaugh has a “great intellect.”

“Last week the president promised to select ‘someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States.’ In picking Judge Kavanaugh, he has done just that,” Amar wrote.

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh, who was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the Supreme Court, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired on June 27, after the 2018 Supreme Court session. (RELATED: The Post-Nomination Meltdown Has Begun — Brett Kavanaugh Is ‘The Trifecta Of Terrible’)

The late-President Ronald Reagan appointed Kennedy in 1987 and was sworn in in February 1988.

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