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Outside the Box: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh should promise to recuse himself from Mueller-probe cases

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has set off a firestorm of criticism. Some of this has to do with the prospect that Kavanaugh would provide a deciding vote to overrule Roe v. Wade or, at the least, to further restrict access to abortion. Some of the criticism has to do with concerns that Kavanaugh would move an already right-wing Court even further to the right.

What makes Kavanaugh’s nomination different is that he wasn’t chosen by an ordinary U.S. president. Donald Trump seeks to undermine a principle that elected U.S. officials, including the president, are subject to limits on their power and cannot violate the law with impunity.

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