Kavanaugh Urged Supreme Court To Sidestep Decisions On Trump Finances, Abortion
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh penned a series of memos to his colleagues this spring urging them not to take up cases on Louisiana abortion regulations and subpoenas for President Trump’s personal financial records, The Hill reported in July.
- The memos, first reported by CNN, recommended that the court “avoid ruling on the merits of the Louisiana law, a case viewed by both pro- and anti-abortion rights groups as the high court’s first chance to revisit the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision since President Trump appointed Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court.”
- Kavanaugh’s proposal to send the case back to a lower court would have meant the law would not have taken effect immediately, “but the justices would not have put their views on it on record.”
- The Hill noted that the court ultimately ruled against the law in a 5-4 vote.
- On the case regarding House Democrats’ subpoena for Trump’s financial records, Kavanaugh argued that “a decision would have meant the court taking sides in a political dispute.”
- The Hill reported that Kavanaugh “would ultimately join six of his fellow justices in ruling that Trump had to comply with the subpoena if the House could justify its request but did not need to immediately do so.”
- CNN suggested that Kavanaugh’s memos “showed an eagerness by the court’s newest justice to find solutions that pleased the court’s liberal and conservative wings, in contrast to the furious partisan fight that emerged during his confirmation hearings in 2018.”