There was a secret meeting at a sidewalk cafe near the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, a meeting that seemed coincidental, almost an accident, just two old friends running into each other on a warm summer day.
One of the men was Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the other was an emissary from the White House. Kennedy, 82, was determined to personally carry a message to the president without it being leaked. A day or two later, an armored car took him to the White House, where he told President Donald Trump that he was retiring.
Ultimately, all hell broke loose.
If the highly readable bestseller “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” starts out like a thriller — with the fate of the republic in the balance — well, that’s because that’s what happened.
It was written by Mollie Hemingway, columnist for The Federalist and Fox News contributor; and Carrie Severino, former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and policy director for the conservative Judicial Crisis Network.
And I loved it.