Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh reports relatively modest finances, debt repayment

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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.

Kavanaugh also reported liabilities that exceeded the value of his total assets, according to financial disclosures released by the White House.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying season tickets to Washington Nationals games and playoff games for himself and his friends.

The White House says that his friends reimbursed him for the tickets and that the judge no longer is a Nationals season ticket subscriber.

The records also showed that Kavanaugh, a federal appellate judge nominated by President Donald Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, had between $45,000 and $150,000 in credit card debt in 2016, which was paid off by the following year.

The exact reason why the debts were paid off were not disclosed but Shah told WaPo that the amounts of the loan and credit card debt fell below reporting levels in 2017.

The Post reported that Kavanaugh incurred between $15,000 to $50,000 in credit card debt for each account as well as a Thrift Savings Plan loan between $15,000 to $50,000.

"He did not carry that kind of debt year over year", Shah said. The value of residences is not subject to disclosure, and Shah added that Kavanaugh has a government retirement account worth almost half a million dollars that also was not required to be disclosed.

Kavanaugh has bank account worth $65,000.

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".

A 2017 report from the Center for Public Integrity said that at least six of the nine justices were millionaires, with Justice Stephen Breyer reporting a minimum net worth of $6.15 million in 2016 and Chief Justice John Roberts a minimum reportable net worth of more than $5 million.

His public filing does not include his home, which he purchased with his wife, Ashley, in 2006 for $1.2 million.

Since then, they have refinanced the home twice - most recently in 2015. Their current mortgage is $865,000. That, the Washington Post reports, puts him "at the bottom of the financial ranking of justices, most of whom list well over $1 million in assets".

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

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