Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, and his family in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018, in Washington.

"Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land".

Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives.

The president can move the court firmly to the right with his selection, with the four finalists believed to be four appeals court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s.

He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. But he has a comparatively thin record of judicial opinions and some conservatives have voiced concerns that he could turn out to be similar to Justice David Souter, who was appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush but sometimes sided with the court's liberals.

While on the D.C. Circuit, the judge ruled against upholding the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, upheld prayer before a presidential inauguration and said a court can begin sessions with "God save the United States and this honorable court".

Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag. They're extreme anti-abortion folks.

Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend.

"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".

Kavanaugh, 53, is likely to sit on the bench for decades and make crucial decisions on issues of abortion, gay rights, gun rights, healthcare and immigration. The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump. "I think that's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way", Santorum added.

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Trump seems eager to reveal his pick, raising the subject on Sunday afternoon as well.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It's been decided by the Supreme Court. Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer.

Kennedy was often a member of five-to-four majority decisions on the high court.

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 most important thing we can do".

Red-state Democrats aren't just feeling heat from the right.

Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie, but even a single Republican breaking with the party would hold up the nomination, assuming the Democrats are unanimous in opposition. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Capito said she does not think the court will overturn the ruling. "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case".

Kavanaugh also credited his mother as having "overcame barriers", becoming a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge in 1993.

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

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