Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated by Donald Trump to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court, is a pillar of the Republican legal establishment who earned the nickname "Forrest Gump" after being involved in a series of moments of huge import in modern American history. Unlike Forrest Gump, Judge Kavanaugh is regarded on all sides as one of the most brilliant jurists of his generation.

But he has also had a knack of popping up in a key role during some of the most high-profile legal events of the last three decades.

In the 1990s Judge Kavanaugh helped his mentor, independent counsel Kenneth Starr, to investigate President Bill Clinton.

He co-wrote the Starr Report on which the impeachment…

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