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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, left, walks with White House Counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday as they meet senators. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

Federal appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh would face recusal issues in at least several controversial court cases involving abortion, religious discrimination, the environment and military justice if he’s confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Recusals pose a potential problem for new justices, especially when they are elevated after spending many years on a federal trial or appellate bench or played a role in executive policy-making decisions.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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