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Justice on Trial

The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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In this definitive deep dive into the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, two women with extraordinary behind-the-scenes access - The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway and Judicial Crisis Network senior counsel Carrie Severino - reveal what really happened and explore what the bitterly divisive hearings mean for the future of the Court and the battle for the soul of America.

©2019 Molly Hemingway and Carrie Severino (P)2019 Random House Audio

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A Must Listen!

What an amazing story! Mollie's voice is perfect to explain it all! Highly recommended to everyone that wants to know what really happened. The insider access that Mollie and Carrie got is unprecedented. This book sets the stage for all future Supreme Court confirmations.

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  • Wayne
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  • 07-13-19

Politicians behaving badly!

It's easy to forget that the US Senate hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court began only 10 months ago and that Kavanaugh has been on this country's highest court for only 9 months. JUSTICE ON TRIAL is nevertheless a historical document. Like the Clarence Thomas 1991 hearing before it, the Kavanaugh hearing demonstrates there are no limits to the depths of indecency politicians will sink to achieve their political aims.

Ms. Hemingway and Ms. Severino did a great job writing and narrating JUSTICE ON TRIAL.

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I wanted to love this but I just liked it a lot.

I followed this story very closely so very little of the information was new. I love Molly Hemingway. I agree with everything written in this book. I wanted to see another side of the story but still feel that this was a grave injustice to Brett Kavanaugh. I realize this would not be a logical source for that information. I thought there was some interesting insight into Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.

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  • BarB
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  • 07-17-19

DISGRACEFUL politicians

I cannot honestly think of a book that captured my attention more than this one. Like most of America, I watched in horror at the unbelievable behavior of certain politicians when trying to prevent Brett Kavanaugh from being seated on the Supreme Court; little did I know just how REPREHENSIBLE these individuals, along with a complicit media behaved.... how they would stop at NOTHING to achieve a goal.

I too, watched Dr. CBF testify on Capital Hill, and was moved by her story- but Molly & Carrie lay out the backstory on the reticent Dr. Ford. Make no mistake- this woman was and is a political activist and clearly had an agenda. She did everything she could to make it seem like she was a tragically damaged woman based on this sexual assault. Well, she may have been assaulted, but it was NOT by this man. He was her scapegoat- and her agenda, along with her disreputable attorneys, and the VERY dishonorable Democrats, was intent. This lost them the senate in 2018 and if they keep this kind of behavior up, it will lose them the White House in 2020.

As I listened to this story, my heart truly broke for Ashley Kavanaugh. Everybody wants to talk about what a hero CBF was- and they missed the TRUE hero of this story which was Ashley Kavanaugh. She had to endure this horrific behavior and atrocious smear campaign against her husband, while maintaining a sense of normalcy for her 2 children, and keeping her family in tact. TIME magazine should’ve named HER one of the most influential persons of 2019 because I am greatly inspired by her. I can only hope that the politics in this country returns to some civility and soon, because I am extremely troubled by what I’m seeing. The judiciary is supposed to be non-partisan and apolitical. I do think the justices, God help them, do the best they can to keep that in mind and decide cases according to that principal. I admire EVERY judge on the Supreme Court- liberal and conservative. What I DON’T admire, are lies, smears, personal attacks, and the dishonest and grandstanding behavior of the political ACTORS and their lapdogs in the media. I find them even more repugnant than before. And I used to be a proud member of the Democrat party- but I can no longer, in good conscience, consider myself as such anymore. I will stay proudly independent and vote for only those individuals who put the good of the American people ahead of their own political power. Lyndsey Graham, who I’ve always had problems with, said “God help us if you ever get power again”, he is absolutely right! This kind of behavior, and the attacks and smears and brutality heaped onto the Kavanaugh family will only be the beginning. Absolutely disgusting and revolting behavior on the part of Diane Feinstein, CBF, Corey Booker, Kampala Harris, Crazy Maisey Hirono, Richard Blumenthal, and Sheldon Whitehouse. Patrick Lahey and Amy Klobuchar weren’t great, but at least weren’t as reprehensible.

If you listen to this book and feel anything less than revolted by the behavior of the liberal activists, shameful politicians, and tabloid media, then you are a better person than me. But Molly and Carrie did an OUTSTANDING job telling the backstory of this nomination and confirmation. OH! And Don McAnn is the BOMB!!! Absolutely OUTSTANDING story!!!!

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A book to help correct the biased media record

The book was well researched and provided the counterpoint to the blatantly biased media stories about Justice Kavanaugh. It recounts the history of how the vacancy occurred, the mobilization of opposition forces within moments of the vacancy announcement and shortly after Kavanaugh’s nomination, and the disgusting extent some will go to ensure a corruption continues with outside special interest groups leading the charge. It goes to show the media is a profit-making venture more interested in selling a sensational story for ratings rather than telling the truth. I really enjoyed hearing the personal details about Kavanaugh’s family and definitely felt compassion for his wife and daughters. After witnessing the absurdities and vexing moments recounted in the book, I hope America rethinks the confirmation process to endure good and honorable people are not scared away from public service. Thank you to the authors for doing a marvelous job on telling a more complete story of the Kavanaugh confirmation fight.

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Just...WOW

I was expecting good writing considering who the authors are, but I was unexpectedly surprised at how good the storytelling was. This is not a dry recitation of what happened. This is a true crime thriller. A riveting listen.

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Absolutely riveting!

I couldn't stop listening to the book. It provide behind the scenes, in depth accounts of one of the most memorable SCOTUS confirmations in US history.

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A good man is hard to find.

This is an important story about a good man whose reputation was destroyed for no good reason. Hemingway and Severino deliver a detailed account of both the history of Supreme Court nominations and the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

Senators from both parties acted shamefully, breaking long-standing rules and out right lying, presumably to deny President Trump his right to choose a qualified nominee. Nevertheless it was the lazy and careless media that did the most damage to Justice Kavanaugh’s once sterling reputation.

Elections have consequences. Unfortunately it appears that most media outlets operate with no accountability.

It’s well read by both authors.

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Compelling, forceful, factual, terrifying

Having lived vicariously through the confirmation processes for both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh (as a lawyer and parent of a key participants), I was shocked and aggrieved but thought I was “over it” - however, listening to this account by the redoubtable Mesdames Hemingway and Severino, I found myself drawn back into the saga as though it were still happening, my stomach in knots and my emotions running high. I am sure Democrats and the MSM will label this as a partisan tome - but those of us who were “there” know better and I can honestly say it changed me forever. Like Justice Kavanaugh, I choose to live on the “sunny side” and just hope he and his family can move past this, knowing that many (I like to think most) of us understand what a grave injustice was done here, one that can only be rectified by a long and (what we know will be an) illustrious tenure on SCOTUS. In the meantime, grateful for this accurate and unflinching telling of the story, which provides an opportunity for others to understand and appreciate why judicial appointments are so consequential.

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Awesome

Even a horrible book would have been better than the hearings were, but this is an outstanding book about how a good man and his family had to withstand being destroyed for political gain.

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  • Alex
  • 07-14-19

An indictment of the media

This book tells the story of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination, as well as some relevant history surrounding it. It tells the story of how unsubstantiated accusations were breathlessly and uncritically echoed by a biased media that was eager to sink the nomination. Destroying the life of an innocent man who had shown nothing but exemplary character throughout his life is a small price to pay.

It's scary that one day, someone can accuse you of a serious crime 36 years ago, not knowing where it was, not knowing when it was, not knowing how she left that place, with all witnesses denying, with no corroborating evidence, while being caught in several lies in the process - and still convince the elite classes that you are completely guilty, and that these are 'credible' accusations, simply because they want to believe it regardless of the evidence.

The audio quality is not the best, but it's still good. There are two narrators (the authors) who take turns narrating chapters, which worked surprisingly well. The two authors are conservatives, and the book is written from a conservative perspective, but they limit their bias to their opinions.