Brett Kavanaugh wanted to put a cap on the amount of money families of 9/11 victims could receive.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to limit the families of 9/11 victims from receiving the full compensation they were owed.
Newly released documentation from Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush administration showed then-associate White House counsel Kavanaugh trying to limit the federal government’s liability for the attacks.
Discussing the 9/11 victim’s compensation fund that was under consideration by the government at the time, Kavanaugh sent a note to Bush aide Kirsten Silverberg on October 14, 2001. Among the items proposed by Kavanaugh was a “$500,000 cap” on payouts.
Merrilly Noeth, the mother of Petty Officer Michael Noeth, who died in the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11, slammed Kavanaugh’s proposal.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Noeth said the cap is “absurd for many reasons,” adding, “Whatever payment goes to people’s families should be largely dependent on the actual loss.”
Her son was a graphic artist in the Navy who was on his post at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the attack happened. Michael Noeth was only 30 years old when he was killed.
Merilly Noeth eventually received $1.3 million from the 9/11 fund, $800,000 more than she would have received if Kavanaugh’s proposal had won the day.
The information about Kavanaugh’s time as a partisan operative in service of Republican causes still remains largely incomplete.
What has emerged is a picture of Kavanaugh willing to go all in for attacks on Democrats while working to deny 9/11 families what they are due.
Senate Republicans continue to obstruct the release of Kavanaugh’s paper trail, effectively concealing thousands of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s past as they try to ram through his nomination to the Supreme Court.
The National Archives and Records Administration has six to seven million pages of Kavanaugh records. But Senate Republicans have only requested 900,000 pages.
What we do know of Kavanaugh’s past has revealed damaging behavior that calls into question his suitability for the court.
Published with permission of The American Independent.