Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

McConnell reportedly spoke often to Trump and White House general counsel Don McGahn throughout the selection process and was anxious about the vast number of documents Kavanaugh had amassed during his 12 years on the D.C. appeals court could prove problematic. "The public has a right to examine Judge Kavanaugh's track record before the Senate votes on his confirmation".

"A judge must be independent", he said. "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". "He has impressive credentials, and I look forward to meeting with him to further consider his qualifications and commitment to upholding our Constitution as it is written".

"We are close to making a decision", Trump told reporters late Sunday.

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

"Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

To that end, Kansas Democratic Party executive director Ethan Corson was quick to blast the choice.

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Democrats have sounded the alarm that Trump could shift the ideological balance of the court and thereby place women's reproductive rights, health care and LGBT rights at risk.

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

Kavanaugh beat out three other contenders and federal judges for the nomination, including Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge, to secure Trump's second nomination to the country's highest court. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did. Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen.

NBC News reported that the Trump team was in talks with Kennedy about his replacement for months and he only felt comfortable retiring after he "received assurance that it would be Kavanaugh", per NBC reporter Geoff Bennett. The appellate court judge posed for photos in Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office, with the Kentucky Republican, Pence and former Arizona Sen. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.

At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion.

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Kavanaugh ruled in one case involving abortion previous year and is considered a likely opponent of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Senate Republicans' stonewalling strategy extended to lower courts as well.

Graham expects Kavanaugh to be confirmed - after a fight - rather easily on the Senate floor with some Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the nomination.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

Whoever the President chooses, the nominee is expected to go through hearings set up by Congress in the coming days and/or weeks.

And Kentucky Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. The two have supported access to abortion services. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

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The Senate on Tuesday began discussions about Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's appointee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

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