Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh & the CFPB
Last night, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
Prior to his current position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh served White House Staff Secretary for President George W. Bush, who would go on to nominate Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit. The confirmation process took almost three years because Democratic Senators disliked Kavanaugh for being a prominent member of the Republican Party. Senator Dick Durbin has referred to Kavanaugh as the "Forrest Gump of Republican Politics." Regardless, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary finally recommended Kavanaugh's confirmation in May 2006.
Born in 1965 in D.C., Kavanaugh - like Neil Gorsich, Trump's first SCOTUS selection - is a relatively young pick for the life-tenured position. Kavangh received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale. He's clerked for three judges, including Justice Kennedy, and was a key drafter of the Ken Starr's Starr Report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the '90s.
Regarding his opinions on relevant banking matters, Kavanaugh held that entities directly regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) could challenge the constitutionality of the Bureau's design in 2015. The following year, Kavanaugh found that the CFPB's design was, in fact, unconstitutional; he likewise ruled that the CFPB Director could be removed by the President. This January, however, the D.C. Circuit reversed that 2016 ruling (Kavanaugh, of course, wrote a dissent).