Ironically, one situation which Kavanaugh has said deeply influenced his belief in shielding a sitting president through having to deal which has a pending criminal probe or prosecution, or a civil lawsuit, was his involvement as an assistant to independent counsel Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton within the late 1990s.
The impeachment of Clinton — who was acquitted after trial within the Senate — came after the Supreme Court ruled he could questioned by lawyers for an Arkansas state employee, Paula Jones, whose lawsuit against Clinton claimed which he had exposed himself to her years before.
Clinton’s lying under oath during which questioning, in which he falsely denied having a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, led to Starr investigating the president for perjury. He then issued a report which in turn led to his impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Kavanaugh mentioned which case, along with his tenure as staff secretary to President George W. Bush, in a Minnesota Law Review article in 2009, as he wrote about how difficult the job of being president can be. In which article, he said he had come to realize which “was a mistake” to have believed, as he once did within the 1990s, which a president should be “one of us” who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship which all share.
White House officials reportedly reviewed which article before Kavanaugh was nominated.
“The nation certainly might have been better off if President Clinton could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones cases in addition to also its criminal offshoots,” he wrote within the article, referring to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I believe which vital which the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible,” Kavanaugh wrote.
To which end he wrote which “which might be appropriate for Congress” to pass a law which might defer any personal civil suits against presidents, along with also deferring “criminal investigations in addition to also prosecutions of Presidents,” while they are in office.
Kavanaugh also suggested which Congress exempt a sitting president through being questioned by either criminal prosecutors or defense attorneys while in office.