Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Racked Up Huge Debt Buying Nationals Tickets

12 July, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • US President Donald Trump congratulates his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The White House has tried to portray President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as a down-to-earth guy who engages in wholesome activities like watching sports and mentoring kids when he isn't ruling against women's reproductive rights or explaining why the president is above the law.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee listed himself as the treasurer of the "Keg City Club - 100 Kegs or Bust" in his Washington, DC-area high school's yearbook, The Washington Post reported.

"At this time, the Kavanaughs have no debts beyond their home mortgage", White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

The records also showed that Kavanaugh, a federal appellate judge nominated by President Donald Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, had between $45,000 and $150,000 in credit card debt in 2016, which was paid off by the following year. "Each credit card had between "$15,000 and $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 and $50,000".

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- "Purchasing season tickets to watch the chronically disappointing Washington Nationals play baseball in their charmless stadium year after year", Deadspin deadpanned "is a troubling sign of poor judgment". Shah offered no additional information on the tickets or the friends they were purchased for.

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Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen).

White House claims thousand in dollars of debt came from using credit card to buy baseball tickets, which were later reimbursed by unknown 'friends'.

Shah said the payments for the tickets were made at the end of 2016 and paid off early the next year. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements. He lists just two kinds of assets - unspecified accounts held with Bank of America and his wife's retirement fund from employment in Texas - totaling between $15,000 to $65,000.

"Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who has dedicated his life to public service", Shah said. Associate justices on the Supreme Court make $255,300, while Chief Justice John Roberts draws a $267,000 salary.

Unlike the other justices on the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh has not worked in private practice, where it is easier to amass wealth as an attorney.

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