President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

Saul Bowman
July 11, 2018

Four red-state Democrats refused President Donald Trump's invitation to attend his Supreme Court nominee announcement Monday night at the White House, according to their offices.

"He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", Trump said in his prime-time televised White House announcement. It'll likely be a name on the list that President Trump compiled while he was campaigning for the presidency, which has already been vetted by conservative groups. The 53-year-old was born in MA, but started his career in Pittsburgh. But based on various media reports from the weekend and Monday, Court watchers are focused on the following four current federal judges, listed in alphabetical order, as replacements for the recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. "No president has ever consulted more or widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination".

In many ways, Trump's pick will further empower the conservative backlash against progressive victories of the Obama era, on issues like gay rights, immigration and health care legislation that set a torch under his shock general election campaign.

Mr Kavanaugh was reportedly asked in 2003 about repealing Roe v Wade, the landmark law on abortions that Mr Trump would like to repeal, and he said he believes the law is "binding precedent".

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

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

Reporters and camera crews are staking out the homes of the four finalists, looking for any sign of movement toward an airport, or, in Kavanaugh's case, toward the White House. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy".

"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said.

"I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic". After his renomination, the Senate voted 57-36 in 2006 to confirm him.

Kavanaugh heads to Capitol Hill this week to make his case for confirmation, and he will face deep skepticism and outright opposition from most if not all Democrats.

With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations. Issuing the invitations makes the lawmakers choose between humoring voters who think they should be bipartisan and others who feel they shouldn't condone Trump's pick. "We must do everything we can to stop this nomination". I have. I did this when I - and I voted for a lot of Republican nominees.

He said Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials & a strong record of upholding the Constitution". While certainly conservative, Judge Kavanaugh is well within the mainstream of American legal thought and theory. "I look forward to conducting a thorough and objective review of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination over the coming weeks".

Speaking of the president's shortlist, which The Hill reported includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, Graham suggested that any conservative Republican would be happy with the options-touting Hardiman in particular as a good choice.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week. But his decision and status as the court's swing vote on a number of social issues left liberals anxious the court would soon become more conservative under Trump's watch.

President Donald Trump has yet to announce his pick for Supreme Court, but Democratic Sen.

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