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Ruth Bader Ginsburg defends Brett Kavanaugh, calls him 'very decent'

One of her former clerks had suggested that the newest members of the court lacked 'personal decency'

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During a Q&A session Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rushed to the defense of the latest addition to the court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who had a rocky and contentious confirmation process.

What did she say?

According to National Review, Ginsburg was answering questions after she had given a speech, when Duke Law professor Neil Siegel commented that it was "a loss for all of us" that "nominees for the Supreme Court are not chosen primarily anymore for independence, legal ability, personal decency."

Ginsburg was quick to rush to the defense of the Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, surmising that these two where the ones to whom Siegel had been referring. Siegel used to clerk for Ginsburg.

"My two newest colleagues are very decent, very smart individuals," Ginsburg said.

Despite her solidly liberal track record when it comes to Supreme Court rulings, Ginsburg has been known to develop friendships with her more conservative colleagues. She famously had a close friendship with conservative giant and writer of scathing dissents the late Justice Antonin Scalia. After Scalia's death in 2016, Ginsburg wrote, "We were best buddies."

GInsburg, 86, referred to her relationship with Scalia on Wednesday, stating, "The Court remains the most collegial place I have ever worked."

Kavanaugh, in particular, had a nomination process that was marked by vitriol and antagonism. Multiple women came forward claiming that he had sexually assaulted them in the past. Even after his confirmation to the court, liberal activists have called for his resignation.

What else?

In June, Ginsburg also praised Kavanaugh for hiring an all-female team of law clerks, meaning that for the first time in history there were more female than male clerks on the court.

One last thing…
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