Trump announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick

Trump announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick

"The Supreme Court was designed as an independent check and balance against both the executive and legislative branches of government", he wrote.

A sign of what lies ahead came from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "The stakes are simply too high for anything less". A majority of 51 votes is needed for a confirmation.

President Trump, after less than two weeks of deliberations, is set to announce tonight his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and American jurisprudence, for a generation.

As expected, conservatives quickly offered praise for Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul reportedly took issue with Kavanaugh's rulings on health care, which could be a concern due to Republicans' small margin for error in the Senate.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer.

"In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by Justice Kennedy, President Trump has chosen a nominee with impeccable credentials and a strong record of upholding the Constitution". The president of the Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf, who is 65, has refused to resign, declaring: "I'm doing this to defend the rule of law and to testify to the truth about the line between the Constitution and the violation of the Constitution".

But while most Democrats have announced their opposition to Trump's nominee, there are a handful of moderate Democrats who could buck their party and deliver another win for Trump.

"It's a red state with a Democratic senator".

President Donald Trump considers himself a master showman, having honed the ability to build suspense over 14 seasons of reality television, a convention-shattering presidential campaign and almost 18 months in office.

Republicans changed the Senate's rules previous year to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote. 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. Hardiman was said to be the runner-up to succeed Antonin Scalia, the seat Neil Gorsuch eventually occupied after being confirmed in 2017. "Yes, I think he'll be confirmed", Napolitano said.


Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.

Democrats could bring Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process to a halt with one simple demand - his paperwork.

"All that changes for me is that we now have a nominee", Heitkamp said in a statement.

In a stunning turn of events, Trump, the ultimate political outsider had managed to settle on a consummate political insider as the most consequential Supreme Court pick in decades.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME is one of two Republican senators who support abortion rights and is facing pressure from the left to oppose Kavanaugh. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh's remarks during last night's announcement centered on his family, legal career and approach to deciding cases. "We need to vote this November like our lives depend on it - because they do". They all supported Gorsuch.

The president will unveil his choice from the White House at 9 p.m. EDT.

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, Kavanaugh often hears challenges to regulations brought by business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

"And that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh will carry out this role faithfully".

Congress should legislate. The judiciary should judge. Kavanaugh noted that it was his mother-a former public school teacher who went to law school and became a judge-who inspired him to follow in her lawyering footsteps and will always be the only "Judge Kavanaugh" in his mind.

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