NBC Reporter Retracts Trump/Kennedy Deal for Kavanaugh Tweet Claim


NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell retracted a tweet Tuesday claiming — based on one source — that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy only retired after months of cajoling President Donald Trump to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his stead.

“I’ve deleted this tweet because it incorrectly implies a transactional nature in Kennedy’s replacement. I am told by a source who was not directly part of the talks that Kennedy provided Pres. Trump/ WH a list of acceptable replacements,” Caldwell tweeted Tuesday. Kennedy is pictured above left, while Kavanaugh is above right.

“Kavanaugh was the only one who was thought conservative enough to consider, I’m told,” Caldwell added. “They added Kavanaugh – and 4 other names – to the public Federalist list that Trump would choose from in November. We are continuing to report this story.”

I’ve deleted this tweet because it incorrectly implies a transactional nature in Kennedy’s replacement. I am told by a source who was not directly part of the talks that Kennedy provided Pres. Trump/ WH a list of acceptable replacements. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/ptxJmrbH9S

— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018

Kavanaugh was the only one who was thought conservative enough to consider, I’m told. They added Kavanaugh – and 4 other names – to the public Federalist list that Trump would choose from in November. We are continuing to report this story. (2/2)

— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 10, 2018

Caldwell claimed in her initial tweet that Kennedy waited until after receiving assurances from Trump that he’d nominate Kavanaugh, one of Kennedy’s former clerks, to replace him.

“On Kavanaugh pick Kennedy and Trump/WH had been in negotiations for months over Kennedy’s replacement,” the deleted tweet read. “Once Kennedy received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh, his former law clerk, Kennedy felt comfortable retiring, …read more

Source:: LifeZette

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