But a newly released memo from his time as a deputy to independent counsel Ken Starr reveals that Kavanaugh pushed to question then-president Bill Clinton about graphic details concerning his sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky.
"I am strongly opposed to giving the President any "break" in the questioning regarding the details of the Lewinsky relationship", Kavanaugh implored, unless he "resigns" or "confesses perjury", Kavanaugh added.
This is despite the fact that Grassley's team has compiled "over 4,800 pages of judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote, over 6,400 pages of opinions he joined, more than 125,000 pages of records produced from his White House legal service, and over 17,000 pages in response to the most comprehensive questionnaire ever submitted to a nominee", according to Grassley.
Kavanaugh then listed ten questions that Clinton should be asked, many of them of a sexually explicit nature.
"He has required the urgent attention of the courts and the Supreme Court for frivolous privilege claims - all to cover up his oral sex from an intern", he said.
Kavanaugh urged that it was the function of the independent counsel to "make [Clinton's] pattern of revolting behavior clear".
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Robert Bittman, a former Starr deputy who handled much of the Clinton questioning in August 1998, said he remembers Kavanaugh's memo and his regrets about its tone.
Among them, as The Washington Post reports Monday, was this: "If Monica Lewinsky says that you inserted a cigar into her vagina while you were in the Oval Office area, would she be lying?"
In 2009, after he had served a White House counsel and staff secretary in President George W. Bush's administration, Kavanaugh changed his mind about whether sitting presidents should be subjected to lawsuits.
"If Monica Lewinsky says that on several occasions in the Oval Office area, you used your fingers to stimulate her vagina and bring her to orgasm, would she be lying?" He has lied to his aides.
In the next paragraph, Kavanaugh thoroughly lashed Clinton, writing that he "disgraced his Office, the legal system, and the American people". "He has tried to disgrace you and the Office with a sustained propaganda campaign that would make Nixon blush".
This was, he acknowledged "not something I necessarily thought in the 1980s or 1990s". In an op-ed at Fox News, Carrie Severino remarks that Democratic senators up for re-election in red states are "in a tight spot" when deciding how to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination because "t$3 heir constituents strongly favor the judge's confirmation and recognize that critical issues are at stake with the appointment of the next justice to the Supreme Court". For USA Today, Richard Wolf explains that that "b$3 ecause he would replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy, who occasionally sided with the court's liberal wing, Kavanaugh particularly could shift the balance on cases involving abortion, capital punishment, racial discrimination and gay rights".