Brett michael kavanaugh (born february 12, 1965) is a federal judge on the united states court of appeals for the d.c. circuit. he was staff secretary in the executive office of the president of the united states under president george w. bush. a protégé of kenneth starr, kavanaugh played a lead role in drafting the starr report, which urged the impeachment of president bill clinton. kavanaugh also led the investigation into the suicide of clinton aide vincent foster. after the 2000 u.s.