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Donald Trump shredded Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a new book that is hitting the shelves this week.
The book, “Landslide,” by Michael Wolff has had several excerpts published this week that rely on hearsay but this part, about Justice Kavanaugh, was said in an interview with the author.
In an interview with Michael Wolff for his new book, Landslide, Trump told the journalist he is very upset with Kavanaugh’s record so far, arguing he doesn’t have “the courage you need to be a great justice.”
Kavanaugh, along with other Trump nominees Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch, joined the majority to reject a Texas lawsuit in December that sought to overturn the election.
The decision enraged Trump, who reportedly harbored particular animosity towards Kavanaugh, who he feels like he “saved,” according to Wolff.
Trump said Kavanaugh was “totally disgraced” by the sexual assault allegations levied against him during his confirmation hearings in 2018 and would have been rejected by the Senate had he not defended him.
The 45th President of the United States said that he was furious with more than Justice Kavanaugh’s decision on the election case but his other decisions.
“I saved his life,” Trump said of Kavanaugh. “He wouldn’t even be in a law firm. Who would have had him? Nobody. Totally disgraced. Only I saved him.”
He talked about the sexual assault allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and how he decided not to abandon him.
“There were so many others I could have appointed, and everyone wanted me to,” he said. “Practically every senator called me … and said, ‘Cut him loose, sir, cut him loose. He’s killing us, Kavanaugh.’ … I said, ‘I can’t do that.’”
The most recent revelation from the book cam this week when it was reported that Rudy Giuliani shredded an attorney for the Republican Party.
According to Business Insider, which published a scoop of the detail on Sunday, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis received an email last November that forwarded a note from Republican National Committee (RNC) chief counsel Justin Riemer. In the note, Riemer doubted Trump’s election claims.
Riemer reportedly asked his colleagues in the RNC why they were backing Trump’s challenges to the election results, which he did not believe were founded, and also expressed that the organization had raised more money fighting the Democrats than it did challenging election results.
Per the Business Insider, and later Ellis herself on social media, Ellis was having dinner with Giuliani and former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik, when she passed her phone around for everyone to read the note.
Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer, was angered by the message and expressed his outrage to the group.
“Can you f–king believe this,” he reportedly said. “They are backdooring us … doing everything in their power not to help us.”
Kerik suggested that the note was akin to the GOP saying, “f—k Trump” and “f—k Giuliani.”
After they read the note, Giuliani reportedly called Riemer to threaten his job at the RNC.
Business Insider reports:
“The mayor, sitting in the restaurant but in full battle mode (and with a few drinks in him), damn well got Riemer himself on the phone: ‘Who the f— do you you think you are? How can you be going against the president? … You need to resign and resign tonight … because you are going to get fired,'” the book said.
Giuliani then reportedly called RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel to ensure that the personnel change was carried out.
Wolff, who’s penning the book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” cites the dinner as an example of Trump’s fight against the GOP establishment.
A spokesperson for the RNC who spoke to Insider denied the story after it was published, claiming that “the story is simply false.”
“As is typical with most things Michael Wolff writes, this story is simply false,” the statement said. “The RNC legal team fought tooth and nail on election integrity efforts for the entirety of 2020, and that continues today.”
Despite the RNC’s denials, Jenna Ellis has herself spoken out on the matter to confirm the details in Wolff’s book.
“This report is true @GOPChairwoman, and you know I have the receipts,” she wrote. “Why is the RNC lying and saying it’s false?”