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Ex-Kavanaugh Clerk: Judge's Writings Not Predictor of His Rulings

Ex-Kavanaugh Clerk: Judge's Writings Not Predictor of His Rulings
Supreme Court Justice-nominee Brett Kavanaugh (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:11 AM

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's views on executive power are not a predictor of what his rulings will be if confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to his former law clerk.

"It wasn't at all a predictor of what he would do from the bench," Sarah Pitlyk, now special counsel at the Thomas More Society, told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Wednesday.

"Justice Kavanaugh, first of all, would be one of nine justices," she continued. "He's not going to be a single-handed rubber stamp one way or another for anything that the president does."

Pitlyk added, "So, I think that the concerns about that, just like a lot of the concerns about the judge, are kind of exaggerated and attempt to distract from his actual record."

She also said the judge's statements on executive authority, which he made during his work on the special counsel investigation into the Clinton administration, was not "a matter of constitutional law or as a matter of the Constitution."

Kavanaugh "was recommending it as a policy matter, based on his experience doing just such an investigation, and then working in the executive branch," Pitlyk said.

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