On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced that he’s chosen United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court, NBC first reported.
An appointee of George W. Bush, Kavanaugh’s first notable role in public life was helping to draft the Starr report, which detailed the sexual relationship between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and called for the President’s impeachment.
In 2000, Kavanaugh helped the Bush campaign cinch the Presidency by working on behalf of Bush in the Florida recount.
Kavanaugh has caught a small amount of flack from conservatives for a dissent that helped uphold a key tenet of Obamacare (his minority opinion had nothing to do with the constitutionality of the program—rather he took issue with the court’s jurisdiction in the case). Anti-choice right-wingers have also noted that he appears less likely than other top contenders to drastically curtail abortion rights.
There are plenty of reasons for liberals to be concerned about Kavanaugh: he’s ruled in favor of sweeping NSA surveillance of call records and has argued that the President should be exempt from criminal prosecution or civil suits while in office.
His history also signals a regressive stance on issues like immigrant and workers’ rights.
“Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, regularly rejects the right of employees to receive employer-provided health care in the workplace, too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace and promotes overturning well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” said the AFL-CIO in a press release.
In 2008, Kavanaugh issued a dissent in a case where the majority ordered a company to bargain with a union. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn’t vote because of their immigration status.
“I would hold that an illegal immigrant worker is not an “employee” under the NLRA for the simple reason that, ever since 1986, an illegal immigrant worker is not a lawful “employee” in the United States,” he wrote in his dissent.