Trump nominates conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

10 July, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

His Supreme Court shortlist is said to include conservative Appeals Court Judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was upbeat the night after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court.

McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written". Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one.

"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me". Judge Kavanaugh also served as a Counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr and as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

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Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives. "I look forward to Judge Kavanaugh's public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and to questioning him in a meeting in my office".

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 Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigation.

"This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans", he said.

Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch joins other justices of the U.S. Supreme Court for an official group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come. He is also a George W. Bush appointment to the federal bench. "He will make a superb justice of the Supreme Court of the United States". But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

Kavanaugh's ties to the Bush administration and his lengthy paper trail as well as Barrett's lack of experience - just one year as a judge - were seen as negatives for each. In the end, however, the safe pick won out.

Kavanaugh's professional life has been a succession of jobs that have raised his profile in legal circles.

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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Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed. John McCain's expected no-vote as he battles brain cancer.

As of Sunday, Trump said he had yet to make a decision on who to nominate.

McConnell has promised a vote on the nomination before the November midterms, ensuring the outcome will be an issue before voters.

All eyes on which senators?

Democrats are already lining up against Kavanaugh as too conservative.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin. Any Senator who is serious about protecting the environment and fighting climate change must vote against confirmation. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have said they are undecided on the president's pick and will await a review.

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