Brett Kavanaugh Had Massive Credit Card Debt. The White House Blames Baseball

Ivan Schwartz
July 12, 2018

The White House has tried to portray President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as a down-to-earth guy who engages in wholesome activities like watching sports and mentoring kids when he isn't ruling against women's reproductive rights or explaining why the president is above the law.

The Post reported that over the past decade, Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands in credit card debt, according to financial disclosures, and at times his reported liabilities might have exceeded his assets.

"At this time, the Kavanaughs have no debts beyond their home mortgage", said White House spokesman Raj Shah. Kavanaugh has a habit of going into debt, presumably to watch baseball, and also reported $60,000 to $200,000 in 2006, the year he was confirmed as an appellate judge.

According to The Washington Post, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt between three credits cards and a personal loan in 2016 but the debt either was paid off or fell below the required amount to be reported.

The forms show in 2016 he accrued a credit card bill between $45,000 and $150,000 that was spent on home improvements and Washington Nationals season tickets for himself and some friends.

The reason, according to the White House: baseball.

Prices for Nationals season ticket packages can vary widely, depending on their location in the stadium. Shah said Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him, and he's no longer in charge of purchasing the tickets. He added that Kavanaugh's friends paid him back for the tickets and the judge has stopped buying season tickets after racking up debt.

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It should be noted that the value of Kavanaugh's home is not subject to disclosure, and the judge also has a government retirement account worth nearly $500,000 that also does not need to be disclosed, according to Shah.

"He did not carry that kind of debt year over year", Shah said.

Still, Kavanaugh "has assets of almost $1 million between the equity in his home and his retirement account", according to the report.

Next, the article examines Kavanaugh's reportable assets of between $15,000 to $65,000. The justice with the highest reported assets was Stephen Breyer, who listed between $6.4 million and $16.6 million.

Regarding Kavanaugh being poorer than the others, many of whom had considerable earnings during years of non-government legal work, Shah said, "He's devoted his life to public service".

Juan Williams said on The Five that there is some hypocrisy surrounding criticism of Democrats' plans to torpedo the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has also worked in the public sector and did not build his wealth through private practice, the report states.

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