Democrats had threatened a filibuster [JURIST report] to stop the nomination, but retreated in their efforts after Kavanaugh testified [JURIST report] in committee that he had no role in the Bush administration's policy towards detainees or warrantless surveillance [JURIST news archives], and had no relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Kavanaugh, initially nominated for the bench three years ago, formerly worked as an assistant to independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the impeachment investigation of President Bill Clinton and also campaigned for President Bush during the 2000 election. AP has more.
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