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Brett Kavanaugh Wanted Bill Clinton to Be Asked Very Explicit Questions

'Washington Post' unearths his 1998 memo during the Clinton investigation
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 2:15 PM CDT
Judge Brett Kavanaugh.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Back in 1998, current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worked as an associate counsel for Kenneth Starr and thus played a role in the investigation into Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. Now the Washington Post has made public a scathing memo Kavanaugh wrote that year in which he encourages the Starr team to be extremely tough on Clinton because of his "revolting behavior," and to ask a series of sexually explicit questions. Some highlights from the memo:

  • Don't go easy: "After reflecting this evening, I am strongly opposed to giving the President any 'break' in the questioning regarding the details of the Lewinsky relationship" unless he "resigns" or "confesses perjury," Kavanaugh writes.
  • A disgrace: "The President has disgraced his Office, the legal system, and the American people by having sex with a 22-year-old intern and turning her life into a shambles," Kavanaugh continues. "He has lied to his aides. He has lied to the American people. He has tried to disgrace you and the Office with a sustained propaganda campaign that would make Nixon blush."

  • We have a duty: Kavanaugh says he understands that the office of the presidency deserves respect, but says Clinton's "disgusting" actions override that. "Aren't we failing to fulfill our duty to the American people if we willingly 'conspire' with the President in an effort to conceal the true nature of his acts?"
  • Sample question: "If Monica Lewinsky says that you masturbated into a trashcan in your secretary's office, would she be lying?"
Click to read the Post story, or to read the memo and list of questions itself. (Read more Brett Kavanaugh stories.)

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