Leipold, an expert in criminal law and procedure, was a consultant, and Kavanaugh was an associate counsel and a co-author of the report laying out the grounds for Clinton's impeachment.
"With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his power to push the Supreme Court into the world of ultra-conservatism", said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Opponents fear he might be the crucial fifth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and curtail affirmative action, gay rights and the Affordable Care Act.
Kennedy broke some of the court's most monumental liberal-conservative ties, the most recent of which included decisions on the president's travel ban, labor unions and anti-abortion pregnancy centers. I think that's really important. "It's not. And Brett understands that". Democrats, eager to dig into everything Kavanaugh may have played a role in - or even seen - want every document they can get, a number Senate aides say is likely in the millions.
"Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who has dedicated his life to public service", Shah said. "But we were operating under a law that said this is what the independent counsel's job is, so that's what we did", Leipold said.
This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.
"We all had our views", he said, but those who ended up working on the final Starr report understood it was a "consensus-building operation".
"The only question about Roe is whether it will be officially overruled or cut back to the point where as a practical matter for women seeking abortions, there isn't much difference", he said.
Two moderate Republican senators - Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) - on Tuesday voiced that they have some level of comfort with Kavanaugh, at least more than they would have had with others under consideration.
"If you're intent on him being a bad guy, there's ways you can characterize practically anything - that it was all part of a strategy, a clever move, or purely partisan ends". "And I think it's going to be a attractive thing to watch over the next month".
"We should be very concerned that this nominee has been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to repeal the ACA and the protections it provides", Sen.
Speaking at the White House, Judge Kavanaugh spoke about his Catholic faith. "If we said something, by golly, we needed to dig back through the boxes of grand jury transcripts to make sure that's exactly what was said".
Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.
Rights groups in the United States have sharply criticised the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, warning that the appointment of President Donald Trump's pick would reverse hard-earned civil liberties for African Americans, women and other groups.
"A pox on both their houses", Leipold said.
Donnelly is one of the most vulnerable red-state Democrats, so he may not be able to afford separating himself from Trump on such a consequential vote. The Senate should have voted up or down on Merrick Garland, who is a terrifically qualified judge and a great guy, too.