Former Yale basketball coach Tom Brennan watched the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee with keen interest this week. Brennan has a loose tie to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as he cut him from the Yale basketball team in the early 1980s. That gives Brennan the unique role of keeping Kavanaugh from the court, a topic that comes with exponentially higher stakes this upcoming week as the FBI investigates multiple allegations tied to Kavanaugh in high school and college.
I think "a topic" refers back to the main clause "That gives Brennan the unique role of keeping Kavanaugh from the court". "stakes" means "risks". But I don't understand how (or in any way) a topic comes with exponentially higher stakes?
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