Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

Hannah Rogers
July 10, 2018

"I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", the 53-year-old Kavanaugh said as he received the nomination.

Democrats are warning that Trump's nominee would jeopardize some of progressives' most important policy priorities in recent decades - including rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as former President Barack Obama's health care law.

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is a member of the Democratic Party that is expected to provide the resistance to Trump's pick in the Senate's confirmation process. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday".

In short, Kavanaugh has issued decisions protecting religious freedom and free speech, strengthening the Second Amendment, limiting the power of the administrative state on people's lives, and more. Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer.

McCain, weighing in from Arizona as he continues his battle with brain cancer, hailed Kavanaugh's impeccable credentials in a statement on Monday.

The pick is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, after he selected Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. More recently, she's written that abiding by precedent is "not a hard-and-fast rule" in the Supreme Court's constitutional cases.

Before a full vote on the chamber floor, the prospective justice will be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that can go on for days.

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees". The framers established that the constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. "I think that pick was incredibly brilliant on the president's part, and I think he's lived up to that".

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell threw his support behind Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation will run through the Senate, prompting the endorsement from Cashman, Bidwill and several of their Georgetown Prep alumni.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come. "Are you ready to defend Roe vs. Wade?" He cited Citizens United and Roe v. Wade as crucial decisions that the new court could impact.

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"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced".

"My goal, first and foremost, has always been to find people to serve on the court who believe in the Constitution as it's written, and that's really what drives the conservative legal movement", Leo said.

"What I want is somebody who is well versed in the law, who's fair, who's a smart lawyer and a good judge". Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights.

"The person making the nomination for the Supreme Court justice is still going to be President Trump, no matter when". Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

A senior White House official said Trump made his final decision on the nomination Sunday evening, then phoned Kavanaugh to inform him. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Kavanaugh has proven to be a staunch conservative who has relied on originalism and textualism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit".

He followed up with subsequent nominations of outstanding jurists to the Circuit Courts of Appeal like Jim Ho, Don Willett, and Amy Barrett.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work.

Kavanaugh also worked with special counsel Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. Lacking a brand name, Kethledge has a strong conservative track record after 10 years on the federal bench.

They both also voted in favor of Gorsuch in 2017.

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