Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh reports relatively modest finances

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh’s family after nominating him to the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon AP

Not everyone was quick to accept the White House explanation of Kavanaugh's baseball debts paid off by friends, however, with comments on social media questioning the Trump court nominee's judgement, as well as the official explanation.

White House claims thousand in dollars of debt came from using credit card to buy baseball tickets, which were later reimbursed by unknown 'friends'.

Kavanaugh's friends reportedly reimbursed him for "their share of the baseball tickets", and the judge has "since stopped purchasing the season tickets". Shah told Brittain that Kavanaugh's friends paid back their debt and he no longer buys season tickets.

In 2017, the credit card debts and loans were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements.

It should be noted that the value of Kavanaugh's home is not subject to disclosure, and the judge also has a government retirement account worth nearly $500,000 that also does not need to be disclosed, according to Shah. Each credit card held between $15,000 and $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 and $50,000.

Still, Kavanaugh "has assets of almost $1 million between the equity in his home and his retirement account", according to the report.

He lists just two kinds of assets - unspecified accounts held with Bank of America, and his wife's retirement fund from her job in Texas - totaling between $15,000 to $65,000.

As with Trump's own financial disclosure forms released earlier this year, and summarized by the Inquisitr, the forms give only a range of values for Kavanaugh's assets and debts, rather than precise dollar figures.

Regarding Kavanaugh being poorer than the others, many of whom had considerable earnings during years of non-government legal work, Shah said, "He's devoted his life to public service".

In 2006, Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, bought a home for $1.2million, according to public records.

Kavanaugh has also worked in the public sector and did not build his wealth through private practice, the report states. Public real estate filings indicate that the couple has refinanced their mortgage twice, most recently in 2015.

With the exception of Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy, all nine current justices on the Supreme Court have a net worth of at least $1.5million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The justice with the highest reported assets was Stephen Breyer, who listed between $6.4 million and $16.6 million.

The Kavanaughs live in the upscale Washington, DC suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Pausing in his pursuit of Supreme Court robes, nominee Brett Kavanaugh donned a blue apron Wednesday afternoon to help serve meals to the homeless.

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