Brett Kavanaugh lied about not being a supply for the Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, however the Washington Post quashed the story whereas the supreme court docket justice’s affirmation hearings have been ongoing, in response to the New York Instances.
Kavanaugh hit the headlines once more on Monday as he and three different conservatives voted in favor of a hardline Louisiana abortion regulation which the court docket nonetheless struck down by a narrow 5-4 majority as Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the 4 liberal judges.
Kavanaugh was Donald Trump’s second nomination to the court docket, tipping it firmly to the fitting.
Based on Smith, throughout Kavanaugh’s tempestuous affirmation hearings in late 2018, the Submit was set to run a narrative during which Woodward outed Kavanaugh as a supply for materials in certainly one of his books about Ken Starr and his investigation of Invoice Clinton.
Kavanaugh labored for Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Clinton’s affair with a staffer, Monica Lewinsky. In a letter to the Submit in 1999, Kavanaugh had publicly denied being the supply in query.
Based on Smith, “two Submit journalists who learn” Woodward’s piece in regards to the affair mentioned it “would have been explosive”, given questions on Kavanaugh’s integrity that dominated affirmation hearings.
Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 Senate vote, amid enormous controversy over allegations from a number of ladies of sexual assault when he was a pupil. He strenuously denied all such claims.
“The article was practically prepared,” Smith wrote, citing three unnamed Submit staff, “when the manager editor stepped in. Baron urged Woodward to not breach his association with Kavanaugh and to guard his outdated supply’s anonymity.”
Smith added: “Baron and different editors persuaded Woodward that it could be dangerous for the Submit and ‘dangerous for Bob’ to reveal a supply [and] the piece by no means ran.”
Baron didn’t remark however Smith, citing “individuals who work with him”, additionally reported that the editor’s opposition to the story “wasn’t about favoring Kavanaugh, or being afraid of a struggle”.
“Publishing the article,” Smith wrote, “would merely violate the standard precept that sources needs to be protected [and] would veer into an uncomfortable and doubtlessly embarrassing new type of journalism and, in Baron’s view, imperil the popularity” of the Submit.
With Carl Bernstein, Woodward broke the story of the Watergate scandal, resulting in the resignation of Richard Nixon in August 1974. The 2 reporters famously protected the identification of their fundamental supply, often called “Deep Throat”, and solely revealed it to have been Mark Felt after the senior FBI official died in 2008.