A federal appeals court judge in Washington was the early favorite among political bettors to succeed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Brett Kavanaugh, a judge since 2006 on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was seen as having a 34 percent chance of being tapped by President Donald Trump to fill the Kennedy vacancy, according to PredictIt.org, a popular online market for betting on political events.
That was more than twice the chance assigned to the next jurist seen in contention for the job, Thomas Hardiman, an appellate judge for the Third Circuit in Pennsylvania. PredictIt gave Hardiman a 16 percent chance of being appointed.
Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former Anthony Kennedy law clerk with close ties to the retiring justice, is emerging as a top contender to replace his former boss, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the Trump’s administration thinking.
Kavanaugh, 53, is a former White House lawyer for President George W. Bush. He wrote the majority opinion for a three-judge panel that held the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s structure as an agency led by a single director was unconstitutional and that Trump could fire the director at will.
Kavanaugh’s full official bio is here.
“There are really three primary front runners right now. They’re all federal appeals court judges. They have sterling academic credentials… Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar.” — @JanCBS pic.twitter.com/jvzvnji6qD
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 28, 2018