Since President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday, a number of Harvard Law School faculty members and recent graduates have publicly praised the appellate judge for his intelligence and generosity during a 10-year stint as a visiting lecturer.
How Kavanaugh was able to pay the debts as quickly as he apparently did remains a mystery.
The annual salary in 2018 for a circuit court judge is $220,600, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
The disclosures were first reported by The Washington Post.
White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a "handful" of friends.
Kavanaugh, known to be a baseball fan, was paid back by his friends and retired the debt in 2017.
President Donald Trump named judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday night, and the Senate is gearing up for his confirmation. Federal circuit judges make about $220,000 annually, and Kavanaugh also earned $27,000 from teaching at Harvard Law School previous year.
"It sounds like he's living on what he earns", Larry Noble, a former lawyer for the Federal Election Commission, told Bloomberg.
"At this time the Kavanaughs have no debt beyond their home mortgage", Shah said.
Friends paid them off, Shah said.
Kavanaugh's required disclosure forms deal in broad ranges, so it's hard to get an accurate picture of his financial situation (with good Nationals seasons tickets running as much as $6,000 Kavanaugh could have been buying tickets for ten friends, or almost three dozen). Shah said Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him, and he's no longer in charge of purchasing the tickets.
It should be noted that the value of Kavanaugh's home is not subject to disclosure, and the judge also has a government retirement account worth nearly $500,000 that also does not need to be disclosed, according to Shah.
While the federal financial reporting requirements do not mandate that home values be included on the disclosure forms, the Yahoo! report said that Kavanaugh and his wife paid $1.2 million for their home in 2006. "He will get a lot of questions from senators of both parties that reach into his background, and then they'll delve into the Minnesota Law Review article and try to figure out how this will play out going forward", Covington said.
On Wednesday the White House revealed that Kavanaugh is actually so painfully "all-American" that he racked up a large amount of credit card debt due to his love of baseball.
The information came from financial disclosures and information provided by the White House, according to the report.