October 3, 2018

NORTH KEY LARGO — The parents of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Judicial nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, own a home at the Ocean Reef Club, where the president’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, also lives.

Everett Edward Kavanaugh Jr., 77, a former attorney and lobbyist for the cosmetic industry, and Martha Gamble Kavanaugh, 77, former attorney and Montgomery County, Md., Circuit Court judge, live within a short walking distance from Barry, a former federal senior circuit court judge.

As Brett Kavanaugh, 53, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week denying Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her in high school, his parents sat behind him to show their support.

The nominee to the nation’s highest court is an only child who credits his mother for his career path. Martha was a high school history teacher before she returned to school for her law degree. She later became a prosecutor and a judge in Maryland.

“She’s instilled in me a commitment to public service and a respect for the rule of law that I’ve tried to follow throughout my career,” Kavanaugh said at his 2006 Senate confirmation hearing for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003 but confirmation hearings stalled his appointment for three years over charges of partisanship.

Kavanaugh was a principal author of the 1998 Starr Report to Congress that laid the grounds of Bill Clinton’s impeachment for committing perjury and obstructing justice in covering up his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The House impeached Clinton, but the Senate acquitted him in a trial.

Monroe County property records show the Kavanaughs purchased their Ocean Reef home in February 1997 for $1,075,000. The home has approximately 1,832 square feet, two beds and one bath with a lot size of 0.4 acres, according to public records.

Realtor.com estimates the home to be worth $3,754,500, which is 109 percent greater than the median listing price for the area.

The Ocean Reef newsletter notes that the couple has previously signed up for recreational activities including Friday afternoon bridge games.

A Key Largo business woman who asked to remain nameless says the Kavanaughs are frequent customers.

“They’re always so nice,” she said. “They’re one of the kindest families when they come in. It’s hard for me to imagine what they’re going through.”

Barry, 81, served as judicial counselor to her brother while he was reviewing candidates to fill Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacated Supreme Court seat. This is the second Supreme Court Justice seat to be filled by Trump.

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