Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Glen Norman
July 10, 2018

A confirmation would solidify the Supreme Court's conservative majority and continue President Trump's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

Trump announced Kavanaugh as his pick to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy Monday night at the White House.

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother. The White House said Monday that John Kyl, a former Arizona senator, would guide Trump's nominee through the gruelling Senate process.

That long history will give the Senate plenty to review as it looks to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the high court.

Donald Trump has chosen federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law, he also was a member of Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team that investigated President Bill Clinton.

Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in Maryland. - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, probably, on ads pressuring her to support, or reject, Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

"For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with great distinction, authoring 300 opinions, which have been widely admired for their skill, insight and rigorous adherence to the law", Trump said as Kavanaugh stood nearby with his wife and their two daughters in the East Room of the White House.

U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris issued a statement saying she would oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. They believe Kavanaugh is not sufficiently conservative and disagree with portions of opinions he has written relating to abortion and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend. "I'll interpret the law as written". "No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress". NY time to name his choice.

"Not being a politician, I think people wanted to hear what some of my choices may be, and it was pretty effective", Trump said of the list, on the day Kennedy's retirement was announced.

Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court. "I think that pick was incredibly brilliant on the president's part, and I think he's lived up to that". Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer.

Known as a devout Catholic, Kavanaugh's position on one of America's most politically charged issues - abortion - has raised concern on both sides. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve".

Three vulnerable red state Democratic senators will be ones to watch in the weeks ahead.

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, have expressed concerns about a justice whose confirmation would threaten Roe v. Wade.

Those meetings are an opportunity for senators to ask questions of the potential justice in a private setting before public hearings begin.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.

Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.

"He's a good man and I like him", Casey said of Hardiman.

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