Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

As the profile notes, Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Kennedy, whom he has been nominated to replace.

Trump said on Monday evening that he does "not ask about a nominee's personal opinions". "There is no one in American more qualified for this position and no one more deserving". President Trump will need a majority of United States senators to vote in favor of Kavanaugh to garner his approval. Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.

Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump.

"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", he said separately, adding later: "This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support". "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

Trump's made-for-TV announcement mirrored his January selection of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

Trump past year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former president Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that McConnell advised Trump that Kavanaugh would be tougher to get through the Senate than other potential nominees such Raymond Kethledge or Thomas Hardiman.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate. Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority, but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to be present for a vote.

Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light.

"I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed", Leo said on ABC.

As Judge Kavanaugh explained in his dissenting opinion, "Judicially second-guessing the correctness or reasonableness (as opposed to the sincerity) of plaintiffs' religious beliefs is exactly what the Supreme Court in Hobby Lobby told us not to do".

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.

The Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would fight the nomination "with everything I have".

A group of Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states - lawmakers who could be pivotal in the confirmation fight - declined Trump's invitation to attend the White House announcement. It still includes Murkowski, Collins and independent-minded Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., voted yes, and Gorsuch passed on a 54-45 vote.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee.

Taking the podium, Kavanaugh thanked the president and noted Justice Kennedy's years of distinguished service, whose shoes he would have to fill. At the top of that list is abortion.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. She considers federal appeals from Wisconsin, Indiana and IL and hears the cases in the Dirksen Federal Building courthouse in Chicago's Loop. Like Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, is a veteran of the White House during George W. Bush's presidency.

Kavanaugh once served as a Supreme Court clerk under Kennedy.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office. These findings have become particularly relevant as special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the Russian Federation investigation, considers actions Trump has taken that could possibly be considered obstruction of justice.

On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody.

President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018, in Washington.

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