How The Supreme Court Selection Process Went Down, As Told By Brett Kavanaugh

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Kevin Daley Supreme Court correspondent
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh submitted his answers to a detailed questionnaire issued by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary late Friday, in which he provided the first inside account of the White House’s high court selection process.

The questionnaire, which required the judge to assemble and submit the full body of his separate writings, speeches, and public remarks, asked Kavanaugh to describe his “experience in the entire judicial selection process, from beginning to end.”

Below is the timeline as provided by the judge.

Wednesday, June 27: Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. Later that day, White House Counsel Don McGahn called Kavanaugh to inform him he was under consideration for the appointment and scheduled an interview.

Friday, June 29: Kavanaugh met privately with McGahn. (RELATED: Liberal Group Behind Kavanaugh Resistance Is Hiding Its Funding)

Monday, July 2: The judge interviewed with McGahn and President Donald Trump at the White House. It’s not clear when exactly he met with Trump, though the president was engaged in meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 4: Vice President Mike Pence interviewed Kavanaugh with McGahn and another unnamed administration lawyer present.

Sunday, July 8: Trump summoned Kavanaugh to the White House, where he officially offered him the nomination. First Lady Melania Trump joined the president in that meeting.

Kavanaugh’s nomination was announced Monday, July 9 during a primetime address in the east room of the White House.

The process moved at a much faster pace as compared to the president’s first appointment to the high court. Justice Neil Gorsuch told the judiciary committee he was first approached about the vacancy occasioned by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Dec. 2, 2016. He was not informed of the selection until Jan. 27, 2017, some eight weeks later.

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