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Kavanaugh wanted to ask Clinton graphic questions about Lewinsky in 98



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Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; former White House intern Monica
Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton.

Dennis Cook/AP; The White House/AP

  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested a list
    of sexually graphic questions to ask President Bill Clinton in
    his grand jury testimony about his affair with Monica Lewinsky,
    a newly released memo shows.
  • At the time, Kavanaugh was an associate counsel to
    independent counsel Ken Starr on the investigation into alleged
    perjury and obstruction of justice Clinton committed
    surrounding the affair.
  • Kavanaugh wrote that he was strongly opposed to giving
    the president “any break” in the questioning due to his past
    attempts to cover up the affair.

In August 1998, Brett Kavanaugh drafted a memo suggesting
highly sexually explicit questions he thought prosecutors should
ask President Bill Clinton about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

The National Archives released the document Monday as part of
Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by President Donald

At the time, Kavanaugh was an associate working with independent
counsel Kenneth Starr on the Justice Department’s investigation
into Clinton’s extramarital affair with Lewinsky, a former White
House intern.

The memo is dated two days before Clinton’s four-hour, televised
testimony on August 17, 1998.

Kavanaugh wrote in the memo, titled “Slack for the President?”
that he had “tried hard to bend over backwards and be fair to him
and think of any reasonable defenses for his behavior,”
concluding, “in the end, there really are none.”

Here is a sampling of some of the questions Kavanaugh suggested
asking Clinton during his grand jury testimony:

kavanaugh 8_15_98 lewinsky questions for bill clinton
list of questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, then an
investigator on the special counsel Ken Starr’s team, drafted on
August 15, 1998 to ask President Bill Clinton about his relations
with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.


Kavanaugh noted he would “leave the best phrasing to others” for
the final questions.

“The President has disgraced the Office, the legal system, and
the American people by having sex with a 22-year old intern and
turning her life into shambles–callous and disgusting behavior
that somehow gotten lost in the shuffle,” he wrote as part of his
argument that his fellow prosecutors shouldn’t go easy on him.

This latest batch of released files covers
the period from 1994 to 1998 when Kavanaugh served as an
associate counsel to Starr, and includes over 12,000 documents.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in the Senate are scheduled
begin on September 4.

Read the full memo below:

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