Included in the Judge Brett Kavanaugh-related documents the Senate Judiciary Committee strived to keep hidden from the public this week by marking them “committee confidential” are a series of emails in which the U.S. Supreme Court nominee pushed to make one of the country’s biggest proponents of torture a federal judge.
Emails released by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in defiance of the committee’s Republicans showed Kavanaugh calling John Yoo, the lawyer who authored many of the George W. Bush administration’s torture memos, his “magic bullet” and his choice for a vacant seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kavanaugh first sent an email saying he wanted Yoo on the appeals court in November 2001. Upon learning that the attorney was more interested in a job as the CIA’s general counsel, Kavanaugh suggested he work in that position for a year before serving as a judge.
The conversations regarding Yoo’s future representing the CIA in legal matters and judging cases in the nation’s largest appeals court were taking place as he was authoring the torture memos.
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The memos flew in the face of the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture and served as United States’ justification for illegally ignoring the conventions as it tortured detainees at Guantanamo Bay and other prisons.
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