High court nominee gets started answering questions

High court nominee gets started answering questions
In this July 19, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh has a long record of judicial and executive branch service. It’s part of what recommends him as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. And it’s also part of the problem in getting him confirmed by the Senate. Democrats want to see the conservative appellate court judge’s lengthy paper trail before they even start casting their votes. The paper chase is turning the vetting process into a political strategy ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress lots of material to help them judge the judge.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his career as an attorney and jurist, his education, society memberships and more.

It’s part of a long paper trail that lawmakers will consider as they decide whether to confirm him. The high court appointment could shift the court rightward for years to come.

Kavanaugh has written nearly 300 rulings as an appeals court judge and has a record in the George W. Bush White House and Kenneth Starr’s probe of Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

His response to the questionnaire runs 110 pages and comes with thick appendices.