Brett Kavanaugh Apparently Wanted His Female Law Clerks To Look Like Models

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

In a recent Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Kavanaugh Is a Mentor to Women", she noted the number of women he hires as law clerks, and proudly stated that her own daughter recently accepted a clerkship.

During at least part of that tenure, it was "no accident" that President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's highest court had female law clerks who "looked like models", according to reports from HuffPost and The Guardian.

Chua, who has endorsed Kavanaugh and referred to him as a "mentor for women", reportedly instructed female law students prepping for interviews with him on how to be "model-like". Rubenfeld is now the subject of an internal investigation at Yale, reportedly with regard to his own conduct with female law clerks. But it's the sexual assault accusation, eerily reminiscent of the allegations Anita Hill brought against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the early 1990s, that tells us the most about Kavanaugh's moral character. She reportedly told female students that she could advise them on their physical appearance and how they dressed, in order to help give them a "model-like" look that she said would help boost their odds of working for Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's reported problematic views on women don't stop there.

Such advice apparently made the students uncomfortable and in some cases led them to avoid pursuing clerkships with Kavanaugh, sources told The Guardian.

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'There is good reason so many of them have gone on to supreme court clerkships; he only hires those who are extraordinarily qualified. Jed Rubenfeld, Chua's husband and fellow Yale professor, also reportedly told a student that Kavanaugh "hires women with a certain look". Kavanaugh denies these allegations.

Chua has reportedly canceled her classes at Yale this semester and is now ill and in the hospital, according to an email her husband sent to the Yale Law School community.

In a statement to Refinery29, Chua said: "For the more than 10 years I've known him, Judge Kavanaugh's first and only litmus test in hiring has been excellence".

Meanwhile, Rubenfeld is presently the subject of an investigation at Yale over his conduct toward female students, The Guardian learned.

'In June, Yale informed me that it would conduct what it terms an "informal review" of certain allegations, but that to preserve anonymity, I was not entitled to know any specifics. Yale Law School says it will look into the claims, which it says it had not previously heard.

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