Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Reportedly Racked Up Thousands In Debt Buying Nationals Tickets

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon AP
Elsie Buchanan | 12 July, 2018, 20:40

Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., were highlighting what they see as the threat to abortion rights from President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Alex Brandon/APPresident Donald Trump shakes hands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a "handful" of friends.

Not everyone was quick to accept the White House explanation of Kavanaugh's baseball debts paid off by friends, however, with comments on social media questioning the Trump court nominee's judgement, as well as the official explanation. The general consensus was that pointing out that Kavanaugh loves baseball, has the trust of his friends, and pays off his debts was not likely to be much of a political liability in a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.

"Kavanaugh reported in 2016 that he had "$60,000 and $200,000 in debt" from three credit cards and a loan.

It should be noted that the value of Kavanaugh's home is not subject to disclosure, and the judge also has a government retirement account worth nearly $500,000 that also does not need to be disclosed, according to Shah. "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". Shah said Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him, and he's no longer in charge of purchasing the tickets.

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The story goes on to state that filings show the ticket purchases were made at the end of 2016 and paid off early the next year.

Kavanaugh paid off the debt in 2017, or at least enough of the debt to get it below the reporting threshold, and he has stopped buying season tickets, Shah said.

"He did not carry that kind of debt year over year", Shah said.

The reason, according to the White House: baseball. Add that to a retirement account worth about $500,000, plus the equity in his home, and he has about a million dollars in wealth.

The documents do not provide a complete record of Kavanaugh's finances. That, the Washington Post reports, puts him "at the bottom of the financial ranking of justices, most of whom list well over $1 million in assets". Kavanaugh then worked as an associate counsel for Ken Starr during his investigation of former President Bill Clinton, counsel and staff secretary to former President George W. Bush, and appeals court judge.

Regarding Kavanaugh being poorer than the others, many of whom had considerable earnings during years of non-government legal work, Shah said, "He's devoted his life to public service".

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