THE QUOTE YOU’LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT … BRETT KAVANAUGH on ROE V. WADE, from his 2006 confirmation hearing: SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.), with then aide Preet Bharara sitting behind him: “Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination and do you consider yourself to be a judicial nominee … in the mold of Scalia and Thomas?” KAVANAUGH: “Senator, on the question of Roe v. Wade, if confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully. That would be binding precedent of the court. It’s been decided by the Supreme Court. … I’m saying if I were confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, senator, I would follow it. It’s been reaffirmed many times.”
SCHUMER: “I understand, but what is your opinion? You’re not on the bench yet. You’ve talked about these issues in the past to other people, I’m sure.” KAVANAUGH: “The Supreme Court has held repeatedly, senator, and I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to give a personal view on that case.” The one-minute clip https://cs.pn/2MXPt5a
Story Continued Below
— SCHUMER will be on “CBS This Morning” at 7 a.m. today for his first and only network interview since the Kavanaugh nomination.
Good Tuesday morning. THE SPEECH … WAPO’S BOB COSTA, ROBERT BARNES and FELICIA SONMEZ: “Kavanaugh’s remarks, which included a bevy of stories about his background and family, appeared designed to cast him as an ally of women in advance of a nomination battle expected to center in part on his views on abortion and contraception.
“He spoke at length about his two ‘spirited’ daughters, whose basketball teams he has coached for the past seven years. He credited his wife, Ashley, whom he met when they both worked for Bush, for being a source of strength in the White House after the Sept. 11 attacks. He noted that a majority of his law clerks were women.
“And Kavanaugh said he was first exposed to law by his mother, who practiced her closing arguments at the dinner table as a prosecutor before becoming a trial judge. ‘Her trademark line was, “Use your common sense. What rings true? What rings false?”’ … ‘That’s good advice for a juror and for a son.’” https://wapo.st/2L5QUye
BEHIND THE SCENES — “How a private meeting with Kennedy helped Trump get to ‘yes’ on Kavanaugh,” by Chris Cadelago (whose birthday is today), Nancy Cook, and Andrew Restuccia: “After Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Donald Trump he would relinquish his seat on the Supreme Court, the president emerged from his private meeting with the retiring jurist focused on one candidate to name as his successor: Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Kennedy’s former law clerk. …
“So even as Trump dispatched his top lawyers to comb though Kavanaugh’s rulings and quizzed allies about whether he was too close to the Bush family, potentially a fatal flaw, the president was always leaning toward accepting Kennedy’s partiality for Kavanaugh while preserving the secret until his formal announcement, sources with knowledge of his thinking told POLITICO.” https://politi.co/2NBCGqh
— JUICY DETAIL, VIA NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN: “Trump continued to poll people into [Monday] morning about two options — Kavanaugh and Hardiman — after he had already told Kavanaugh he was the choice the night before.”
BELTWAY, YALE X2 … KNOWING KAVANAUGH:
— AP: “Born inside Beltway, Kavanaugh part of GOP legal elite,” by Mark Sherman: https://bit.ly/2m4FL5D
— KAVANAUGH PROFILE — NYT’S ADAM LIPTAK, “Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench”: “[P]eople who have worked with Judge Kavanaugh say he has little use for Washington pomp. ‘Whatever the opposite of a Georgetown cocktail party person is, that’s what Judge Kavanaugh is,’ said Justin Walker, a law professor at the University of Louisville who worked as a law clerk for both Judge Kavanaugh and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. ‘He’d much rather have a beer and watch a hockey game.’ …
“His father, E. Edward Kavanaugh, was for more than two decades the president of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, a trade group, but Judge Kavanaugh has said that it was mother, Martha Kavanaugh, who ‘has had a profound influence on my career choices.’” https://nyti.ms/2zpOlWf
— MATT NUSSBAUM: “‘In terms of his actual daily life, he’s a guy that does not live in a conservative bubble,’ said Doug Gansler, the former Democratic Attorney General of Maryland and a friend and Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s. ‘He has liberal friends and spends time talking to his liberal friends about a variety of issues. But make no mistake about it, he’s a conservative guy.’” https://politi.co/2KHzxaC
KAVANAUGH and Gorsuch both graduated Georgetown Prep. As did Jerome Powell.
— KAVANAUGH’S financial disclosure. A pretty vanilla financial picture, as things go. http://bit.ly/2L5y2zj
— WSJ’s JESS BRAVIN and BRENT KENDALL, “Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court has spent most of his career in roles placing him at the epicenter of the conservative movement”: https://on.wsj.com/2NIiDqq … WH five-pager on Kavanaugh that they sent last night https://politi.co/2N1zovq
FOR A PRESIDENT WHO IS ALWAYS PRESENTED AS MOLD BREAKING, this is a pretty predictable play.
MIAMI HERALD: “In 2000, Kavanaugh represented pro bono the Miami relatives of 6-year-old Elian [Gonzalez], who wanted to keep the child in Miami despite his father’s wishes to have custody of him in Cuba. Kavanaugh lost that fight when Elian was removed from his uncle’s Little Havana house by federal agents with their guns drawn in the predawn hours of April 22, 2000, on Saturday before Easter Sunday.” https://hrld.us/2L4P0On
CHEAT SHEET ON THE ISSUES via POLITICO staff: “Brett Kavanaugh’s track record”: https://politi.co/2N1kW6B
TOP LEGAL THINKERS WEIGH IN — “Trump Picked Kavanaugh. How Will He Change the Supreme Court?” in Politico Magazine: https://politi.co/2ujjcOw
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— FLASHBACK, JAN 31. 2017 … NEAL KATYAL in the NYT: “Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch” https://nyti.ms/2N3pGIX
KATYAL ON KAVANAUGH NOMINATION: “The question at issue is not about the nominee (whose competence and credentials are beyond question), but the nominator. … We should all worry that the President’s selection criteria for this most important seat has less to do with the good of the nation and more to do with what he hopes is good for him.”
KAVANAUGH on POLITICO EDITOR JOHN HARRIS, in the Minnesota Law Review, quoting remarks he made at the school in 2008: “At the end of the Clinton presidency, John Harris wrote an excellent book about President Clinton entitled The Survivor. I have come to think that the book’s title is an accurate description for all presidents in the modern era.
“Having seen first-hand how complex and difficult that job is, I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office …
“Looking back to the late 1990s, for example, the nation certainly would have been better off if President Clinton could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots.” http://bit.ly/2m4HurD
VP MIKE PENCE is meeting with SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL and BRETT KAVANAUGH at 11:15 a.m. and will have lunch with Republican senators in the Capitol. BLOOMBERG is also reporting that Pence will do interviews with local TV and radio stations “in states represented by Democrats that Trump won in 2016”, will do an interview with Rush Limbaugh and two national TV interviews today. https://bloom.bg/2m4AomY
STATE OF PLAY IN THE SENATE — BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR: “[Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell is overseeing the slimmest Senate majority in modern times to handle D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, and the majority leader has no margin for error in what’s effectively a 50-49 divide with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) still out with brain cancer.
“The Kentucky Republican is simultaneously engaged in a brutal fight for control of the Senate that will be animated by the Supreme Court battle inside the chamber.
“McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s handling of the confirmation process is likely to have a major effect on how voters perceive the GOP majority as midterm elections near. And though GOP leaders expressed confidence that the Senate will approve whomever President Donald Trump picked, they concede that the next two months are going to put their majority to the test.” https://politi.co/2J9Qe8Y
THE SWING VOTES … WHERE THEY STAND via ELANA SCHOR:
— SEN. HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-N.D.): “I have no doubt that many members of Congress and outside groups will announce how they stand on the nominee before doing their due diligence and instead just take a partisan stance — but that isn’t how I work.”
— SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.VA.): “Manchin also declined to take an immediate position on Kavanaugh, though he said on Monday night that he is ‘particularly’ interested in Kavanaugh’s views on health care, one of two issues — alongside abortion rights — that Democrats and progressive groups are building their Supreme Court messaging around.
“‘The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare,’ Manchin said in a statement. ‘This decision will directly impact almost 40% of my state, so I’m very interested in his position on protecting West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.’”
— MORE CLUES on where SEN. DOUG JONES (D-ALA.) and SENS. LISA MURKOWSKI (R-ALASKA) and SUSAN COLLINS (R-MAINE) stand: https://politi.co/2ua28em
— BOSTON GLOBE’S LIZ GOODWIN: “During her 21 years in the Senate, Collins has voted for judicial nominees put forward by Republican presidents nearly 99 percent of the time, according to a Globe analysis of more than 500 of her roll-call votes for Supreme Court, circuit court of appeals, district court, and other judicial appointments.” http://bit.ly/2KWtL4m
THE HURDLES … — JOSH GERSTEIN: “Kavanaugh paper chase threatens to draw out confirmation battle”: “President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court presents a band of government archivists and White House officials with a herculean task: wading through what could be millions of pages of records to produce what senators demand to prepare for confirmation hearings certain to be highly contentious.
“Kavanaugh’s paperwork predicament — stemming from two years he spent in President George W. Bush’s White House Counsel’s office and just over three as Bush’s staff secretary—is not completely unique. …
“But the quantity of files potentially at issue in Kavanaugh’s case could be unprecedented. Former officials believe millions of pages of emails and other documents circulated through Kavanaugh’s office during his time as staff secretary. If Senate Democrats insist on receiving every page, the confirmation process could grind to a crawl.” https://politi.co/2L487YH
THE DNC sent a blast email out noting of the 34 testimonials the White House sent out backing Kavanaugh, 34 were men and 0 were women.
AMERICAN BRIDGE staff will be at the Bush Library in Dallas first thing this morning to dig into all of Kavanaugh’s public records, according to Bridge president and co-founder Bradley Beychok. American Bridge’s SCOTUS plan https://politi.co/2ukTrx8
THE PRESIDENT leaves for Brussels at 7:30 this morning.
— WHAT’S ON THE PRESIDENT’S MIND — @realDonaldTrump at 5:35 a.m.: “Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”
— POTUS ABROAD — DAVID HERSZENHORN in Brussels: “Trump’s neglect of Europe goes beyond angry tweets”: “Behind President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on European allies is a deeper neglect of the transatlantic relationship: Unfilled positions, truncated meetings, missed or crossed signals and confusion over basic policies.
“Aides to the U.S. president insist that Trump’s disputes with Europe are part of a long history disagreements between leaders who, in the end, are inextricably bound together by deeper shared interests and values. Churchill and Roosevelt. Johnson and de Gaulle. Kohl and Reagan. Each relationship had frictions and stumbles, only to yield to a stronger Western alliance.
“But as they braced for Trump to barrel into Europe this week with visits to NATO and Britain and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, senior officials from more than a dozen countries, most of them steeped in decades of experience with the transatlantic relationship, insisted that the breaches under this administration go well beyond the types of policy disagreements of the past.
“They spoke to POLITICO largely on condition of anonymity out of fear of worsening the situation, or re-directing Trump’s ire at their own capitals, which each have different interests and priorities in Washington. Despite those differences, they voiced a consistent message of concern: pointing less to Trump’s rhetoric than to a more organic breach of collaboration, a collapse of institutions and, most worrisome them, the obliteration of any sense of predictability.” https://politi.co/2KWwlHA
— “Trump Poised to Enter NATO Meeting as Wild Card Among Allies,” by NYT’s Steven Erlanger and Julie Hirschfeld Davis: “During a phone call with Mr. Putin in March, when the president was urged by aides not to congratulate the Russian president on his electoral victory, Mr. Trump did just that. He told Mr. Putin that Russia and the United States should get along better. And he described as ‘stupid people’ the unnamed Trump administration officials whom the Russian president said had tried to prevent the call from happening, according to a person with direct knowledge of the conversation.” https://nyti.ms/2KOUeSk
ABC’S TARA PALMERI: “28 hours in Pyongyang: Reporter’s notebook” https://abcn.ws/2u5DnQO
HOUSE DEM PALACE INTRIGUE — “Tim Ryan weighs new challenge to Pelosi amid Democratic unrest,” by Heather Caygle: “Rep. Tim Ryan is considering taking on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi again in November despite previously ruling the idea out — the latest turn in the caucus-wide chaos unleashed by Rep. Joe Crowley’s shocking primary loss last month. …
“‘The Crowley race changed a lot for a lot of us,’ Ryan (D-Ohio) said in an interview Monday. ‘There was a lot of assumption that he was going to be moving forward in leadership and so losing that election put everybody in a state of mind to reevaluate what was happening.’” https://politi.co/2zncTPN
AND ON THE GOP SIDE … “Scalise defends Jordan amid sex abuse scandal,” by Rachael Bade and Jake Sherman: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Monday released a statement backing Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) against accusations that he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse decades ago. The Louisiana Republican is the first member of leadership to publicly back Jordan, who has long been a thorn in GOP leadership’s side as leader of the House Freedom Caucus.
“‘I have always known Jim Jordan to be honest, and I’m confident he would stand up for his athletes, just like he’s always stood up for what’s right,’ Scalise said in the statement. ‘I’m glad that Jim is committed to working with the investigators to see that the full truth comes out and justice is served.’” https://politi.co/2zmJpBC
— THE PRESSURE will be on other House Republican leaders to weigh in on the Jordan scandal as the House returns from recess.
BORDER TALES — “Judge rejects Trump request to alter agreement on release of immigrant kids,” by Josh Gerstein: “A federal judge has turned down President Donald Trump’s request to alter a decades-old legal settlement to allow long-term detention of children who entered the U.S. illegally with their parents. Los Angeles-based U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed as ‘tortured’ the Trump administration’s legal argument to get out from under the so-called Flores consent decree agreed to back in 1997, dictating that children in immigration detention not be held more than 20 days.
“‘Defendants seek to light a match to the Flores Agreement and ask this Court to upend the parties’ agreement by judicial fiat,’ wrote Gee, an appointee of President Barack Obama. ‘It is apparent that Defendants’ Application is a cynical attempt…to shift responsibility to the Judiciary for over 20 years of Congressional inaction and ill-considered Executive action that have led to the current stalemate.’” https://politi.co/2L0ObJm
— “Pentagon Says It Won’t Pay for Housing of Immigrants,” by Foreign Policy’s Lara Seligman: “The U.S. Defense Department made clear Monday that it would not foot the bill for the housing of some 32,000 detained immigrants whom the Trump administration wants sheltered at military installations as part of its ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement policy on America’s border with Mexico.
“A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, said the department would also not be involved in caring for the migrants. Instead, the burden would fall on other government agencies: the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.” http://bit.ly/2L3uAFe
OH, TO BE RICH … “Wilbur Ross admits to another tardy stock sale,” by WaPo’s Steven Mufson: “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last week disclosed a tardy sale of stock he had pledged to divest, saying he had overlooked the shares because they were held in a separate account. Ross told the Office of Government Ethics that on June 11 he sold 1,631 shares of Air Lease Corp. worth between $50,000 and $100,000. Air Lease is a leading commercial aircraft leasing company with more than 300 aircraft. Ross was a director of Air Lease from 2010 through 2013, and he obtained the shares as part of a stock plan for directors of the company.
“But the shares were under the name Wilbur L. Ross, whereas the others were listed without his middle initial, Ross said. As a result, he said he had overlooked them until he received a check for less than $200 in dividend payments that had gone unclaimed. ‘I had no record of receiving these payments and had no prior record of these shares,’ Ross said in a statement to the Office of Government Ethics.” https://wapo.st/2KMVsxa
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MEDIAWATCH … THE DERSH BEAT – “New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet: Yes, We Did Too Many Alan Dershowitz Stories,” by the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove: “Even publicity-savvy Alan Dershowitz is astonished at the flood-the-zone coverage that The New York Times has been devoting to his social sufferings on Martha’s Vineyard. ‘Four stories!’ the retired Harvard Law professor … crowed Monday in a phone interview …
“On Monday, Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet acknowledged the weirdness of the situation in a text message to The Daily Beast. ‘We are trying to increase our coverage of cranky white guys,’ he joked. ‘Seriously, it’s a big place and different desks made their own plans. We should have coordinated better and done fewer.’ In all, the Times’ four Dershowitz stories of the past six days have involved four different desks, six different bylines, and a total of eight Times journalists (with two given bottom-of-story credit lines for reporting assists).” https://thebea.st/2L6PZNJ
— Weijia Jiang is now a CBS News correspondent covering the White House. She joined the network in 2015 as a correspondent for Newspath.
THE INVESTIGATIONS – “Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page subpoenaed by House panel for private interview,” by ABC News’ Benjamin Siegel: “The House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer who exchanged text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok critical of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, to appear on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview Wednesday morning, according to congressional officials familiar with the subpoena.” https://abcn.ws/2NFRUKX
HISTORY LESSON – “From FDR to JFK, Presidents Took Center Stage at Baseball All-Star Games in DC,” by Frederic J. Frommer on NBCWashington.com: “The White House has not yet said whether President Trump will throw out the first pitch on July 17. If so, he’d be continuing a summer tradition started by FDR, who died a year before Trump was born in 1946. Whether Trump shows up or not, the next All-Star Game will be the hottest ticket of the summer, just as it was eight decades ago. In 1937, the Washington Post society editor called the All-Star Game ‘the most thrilling event of the summer social season.’
“Celebrities filled Griffith Stadium, including Cabinet secretaries, military leaders, members of Congress, and the 42-year-old FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Fans without connections could buy $1.65 seats from scalpers for $20 ($345 in today’s dollars).” http://bit.ly/2zmJFk4 … Tickets for the game http://bit.ly/2m5172P
TRANSITION … HELEN TOLAR is joining Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. The former chief to Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and staff director for the House Veteran Affairs Committee, has more recently been at Troutman Sanders Strategies.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Morgan Ortagus, co-founder of GO (Global Opportunity) Advisors, national co-chair of Maverick PAC and a naval reserve officer. A fun fact about Morgan: “When I was in college, I thought I was destined to be a professional opera singer. Clearly, that didn’t work out! Now I am a very good patron at the Met Opera and the Kennedy Center. I recently started taking voice lessons again for fun— it’s like therapy, only more cathartic and you don’t hate your mother at the end of the session. :-)” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A: https://politi.co/2zsit3m
BIRTHDAYS: Sam Stein of The Daily Beast and MSNBC … Kenny Day, principal at AIRSNEXT Media … Sarah Boxer … Katie Pavlich is 3-0 … Politico’s Chris Cadelago, Matt Daily, Catherine Boudreau and John Appezzato … former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins is 91 … Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) is 62 … Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) is 38 … Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) is 63 … former Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) is 76 … former Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) is 6-0 … Rena Shapiro, head of politics and public affairs at a4 Media … Emil Caillaux is 34 (h/t Katy Summerlin) … Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad is 93 … Megan Ortagus … Vice News’ D.C. bureau chief Shawna Thomas … Sam Harper, principal for digital and analytics at Locust Street Group (h/ts Ben Jenkins, filing from the Pacific Northwest in Mazama, Washington, and Ben Chang) … Ron Klein, chair of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, is 61 … NYT film critic AO Scott is 52 …
… Julianna Smoot, co-founder and partner of the Smoot Tewes Group, former Obama national finance director and W.H. social secretary (h/t Jon Haber) … Remley Johnson, former Defense Sec. Don Rumsfeld’s chief of staff, is 27 (h/t Robert Flock) … De Blasio alum Karen Hinton … Ashley Afranie-Sakyi … WSJ’s Heather Haddon … Rob Bogart … Phillip Hedayatnia … Grant Thomson … Jamie Lockhart … Peter Bondi … Christine Turner, head of global policy at WhatsApp and an Obama NSC alum …Morning Consult’s Eli Yokley is 26 … Caroline Ciccone, a managing principal on the communications team at Precision Strategies (h/ts Stephanie Cutter and Tom Zigo) … Bill Thompson, former NYC Comptroller … Ian Rivera … Amanda Woloshen … Kevin Call … Bill Roberts … Kayla Maree Sanders … Debbie Palacios … Sarah Hodgkins … Caroline Gransee … Phillip Hedayatnia … Chris Terris … Max Blachman … Tim Schlittner … Kristin Chesemore … Finlay Lewis is 8-0 … Elie Jacobs … Monty Warner … Elizabeth Bartz … Chuck Lewis … JJ McCoy … Edie Mead Holway … Jeff Mitchell … Clay Haynes … Mary Conlow (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)
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