The former president expressed frustration with Justice Kavanaugh‘s rulings and included his two other appointees, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, in his overall disappointment — but he was especially bitter towards Justice Kavanaugh, according to Mr. Wolff‘s latest book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” to be released this month.
“I can’t even believe what’s happening. I’m very disappointed in Kavanaugh. I just told you something I haven’t told a lot of people. In retrospect, he just hasn’t had the courage you need to be a great justice. I’m basing this on more than just the election,” Mr. Trump said.
The former president took legal challenges to the 2020 election to the high court, but the justices declined to hear the cases.
Mr. Trump said he was pressured during Justice Kavanaugh‘s confirmation hearing to withdraw the nominee and replace him with someone else after a decades-old, unsubstantiated allegation of sexual misconduct was launched against him. Justice Kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing.
“I had plenty of time to pick somebody else,” Mr. Trump said. “I went through that thing and fought like hell for Kavanaugh — and I saved his life, and I saved his career. At great expense to myself … OK? I fought for that guy and kept him.”
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