John Dean, the erstwhile White House counsel who turned on President Richard Nixon and cooperated with Watergate investigators, will testify in opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation during hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
His testimony will be a key component of a broader Democratic strategy to define Kavanaugh in view of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Kavanaugh’s past writings suggest he has a rather muscular view of presidential power. As a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he joined opinions limiting judicial review of detentions at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, and advocating for greater presidential control of the federal workforce. He wrote an article in 2008 for the Minnesota Law Review suggesting Congress enact legislation deferring investigations of sitting presidents until the end of their terms.
Democrats will argue Kavanaugh’s views suggest he will take steps to protect President Donald Trump, should a conflict between Mueller and Trump reach the Supreme Court.
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