Aug 11, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh advised against pursuing indictment of Clinton

Brett Kavanaugh.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh advised his then-boss Kenneth Starr against a criminal indictment of President Bill Clinton while he was still in office, the New York Times reports, telling him to close the independent counsel's office so "the next president can decide what to do."

Why it matters: Kavanaugh's statements around that time, that a sitting president should not be indicted, are sure to be a focal point in his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court that start next month. They're also "likely to be welcomed" by President Trump, who is still under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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