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Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

"He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States". ABC and CBS went with messages that Trump was announcing his nominee, and added Kavanaugh's name when the judge joined Trump onstage.

This 2017 photo provided by the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind., shows Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

In his time serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh has consistently voted to roll back rules and regulations.

He was a lead author of Starr's report on President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky and previously led the Whitewater investigation into the suicide of Vincent Foster - Clinton's deputy counsel. He is probably best known for his ties to President George W. Bush.

He is the kind of judge a President Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney would have picked - a man with an established legal pedigree and a reputation as a reliably conservative jurist.

Kennedy, who is 81, had been nominated for the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination. "Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land". In the last generation, they have relied on the Supreme Court to legislate for them. News only leaked out minutes before the announcement after Kavanaugh's parents were spotted in the audience at the White House.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", he said. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent". According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively tiresome".

If confirmed by the Senate, the nominee would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

His pick will have a tough nomination battle ahead of them, with Republicans holding onto a single seat majority in the Senate, with John McCain ill and possibly unable to participate in the confirmation process.

"I don't think we've gotten this close to an announcement before without it leaking", CNN's Jake Tapper said.




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.

If the party sticks together, the president's choice will be sitting on the Supreme Court when its new term starts in October.

"It will be very hard for Democrats particularly those in red states to vote against him, except for rank political motives", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal organization.

"We are urging people to do events in-district at Senate offices", said Elizabeth Beavers, the associate policy director of Indivisible, which is helping to organize the activities, which include a silent protest in Bangor, Maine and a letter-writing effort in Reno, Nevada.

According to the Judicial Common Space, which scores U.S. justices and judges on their ideology, Kavanaugh's ideology falls to the right of Justices Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, but to the left of Clarence Thomas. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade.

Kavanaugh has written roughly 300 opinions in his 12 years as a judge, penned several law review articles and spoken at law school and Federalist Society events across the country. A majority of 51 votes is needed for a confirmation. That's insane...to me that's where the battle is going to be pitched, ' one GOP veteran of Supreme Court confirmation battles told Politico.

"Kavanaugh would bring all of Trump's worst qualities to the Supreme Court for decades to come", said Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

Durbin said Todd had a point but that his colleagues understood the significance of the decision that's before them. McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year.

Consider Kavanaugh's performative dissent in a court order upholding a lower-court ruling that cleared the way for a detained undocumented teen to end her pregnancy.


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