Join authors Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at the Federalist and a contributor to Fox News, and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network and a graduate of Harvard Law School who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court, as they discuss their #1 national bestseller Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. The discussion will be moderated by Nixon Foundation president Hugh Hewitt.
The book has been hailed as the definitive insider’s account of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, which was crafted using their extraordinary access to more than one hundred key figures—including the president, justices, and senators—in that ferocious political drama.
The Trump presidency opened with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. But the following year, when Trump drew from the same list of candidates for his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the justice being replaced was the swing vote on abortion, and all hell broke loose.
The judicial confirmation process, on the point of breakdown for thirty years, now proved utterly dysfunctional. Unverified accusations of sexual assault became weapons in a ruthless campaign of personal destruction, culminating in the melodramatic hearings in which Kavanaugh’s impassioned defense resuscitated a nomination that seemed beyond saving.
In this thoroughly researched account of Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial confirmation process, which quickly evolved into what the eventual nominee called a “national disgrace” and “circus” by, is examined in hour-by-hour detail. And, as authors Hemingway and Severino warn, that with the stakes of each vacancy incalculably high, the next time a nomination promises to change the balance of the Court the confirmation fight will be even uglier.
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