President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

After more than a week of pitched speculation, Trump will go on prime-time television to reveal his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, selecting a conservative created to rally Republican voters in a midterm election year.

Federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Trump's pick to replace Kennedy in the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican establishment.

Hatch, who is the longest-serving member on the Judiciary Committee and has seen fifteen Senate confirmation fights for Supreme Court justices, said Barrett is an "outstanding" law professor and a "tremendous woman". Trump is poised to make his announcement at 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Tuesday).

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will be nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. Liberals, meanwhile, have burned him in effigy as the unwitting mouthpiece for corporate oligarchs thanks to his majority opinion in the Citizens United case.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton.


Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush winning the presidency.

The nominee made no mention of his leanings in brief remarks at the White House, where he was joined by his wife and their two daughters. Kavanaugh said, "My judicial philosophy is straightforward".

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. And at all times, I'll work to maintain the absolute independence of the judiciary, which in my judgment is the crown jewel of our constitutional democracy". Gorsuch met with almost three-quarters of the Senate in advance of his hearings. "I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution".

Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. After his renomination, the Senate voted 57-36 in 2006 to confirm him.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to opposed Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything he has.

"In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation", Casey complained. "We must do everything we can to stop this nomination".

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a "superb choice" in Kavanaugh and urged senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command".

In a wider sense, his nominee will also represent a triumph for conservatism and the organized effort to promote vetted conservative judges that offered McConnell a pipeline of candidates for lower courts and now is reaching the ultimate prize - a solid Supreme Court majority.

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