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.
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About the Author
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway provides unique and thoughtful reporting and analysis of American politics and culture. She helped launch and is a senior editor of the online magazine The Federalist, which has become one of the most influential voices in politics and has millions of readers. She is Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College. A Fox News contributor, she is a regular member of the Fox News All-Stars panel on “Special Report with Bret Baier" and a regular guest on MediaBuzz, hosted by Howard Kurtz. She has been profiled in the New York Times and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, Claremont Review of Books, National Review, Christianity Today, Radio & Records, and many other publications. She serves on the board of the News Literacy Project. Mollie was a 2004 recipient of a Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellowship and a 2014 Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute.
Carrie Campbell Severino is chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network (and co-author with Mollie Hemingway of the forthcoming book Justice on Trial, telling the inside story of the Kavanaugh confirmation). JCN was the lead organization advocating for the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh and other constitutionalist judges, heading a coalition of over one hundred conservative and libertarian organizations. As an expert on the confirmation process, Mrs. Severino has been extensively quoted in the media and regularly appears on television, including MSNBC, FOX, CNN, C-SPAN and ABC’s This Week. During the Kavanaugh confirmation alone she logged 104 TV appearances, in addition to doing extensive radio and print media. Severino writes and speaks on a wide range of judicial issues, including the constitutional limits on government, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. She has testified before Congress on constitutional questions and briefed Senators on judicial nominations, and regularly files briefs in high-profile Supreme Court cases. She was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.), Duke University (B.A., Biology), and Michigan State University (M.A., Linguistics). She and her husband Roger Severino have six children.