Who is Brett Kavanaugh: President Trump nominates judge to Supreme Court

Trump's SCOTUS nomination on Monday follows his successful pick of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year

Trump's SCOTUS nomination on Monday follows his successful pick of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. Ricky Carioti—The Washington Post Getty Images

President Donald Trump has picked Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with extensive legal credentials and a lengthy political record, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, NBC News reported.

Within moments of announcing his nominee, the following protest occurred outside the White House which truly has made me anxious.

Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time. Kavanaugh is one of four judges thought to be President Donald Trump's top contenders to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

He is also a robust supporter of the executive power of the presidency. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written". "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

Kavanaugh already is very familiar to his prospective future colleagues on the Supreme Court, who also all have Ivy League law degrees.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Mr Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

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Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, and with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Manchin is one of ten Senate Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won.

"When the political winds shift, Congress never leaves policy issues alone", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has served as the legislative architect of Trump's remaking of the courts.

"I'm convinced if the president gave every American five million dollars, the left would still oppose him", Hannity said.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition. They can't afford to lose one vote over this nomination fight.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement.

But that doesn't mean it's fair or right or that Democrats shouldn't be livid in cases like this where it leads to such an antidemocratic outcome. Joe Donnelly and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, voted for Gorsuch a year ago and face re-election in 2018. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

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Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

"We hope that our Senate will reject any nominee that does not pass that litmus test of not wanting to uphold Roe v. Wade", she said. At the top of that list is abortion. "In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation", Casey said in a statement Monday. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. After earning undergraduate and law degrees at Yale, he was a Kennedy law clerk in the early 1990s before joining independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team, where Kavanaugh co-wrote the report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton's impeachment.

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While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. "The nomination comes at a time when that choice is fraught and consequential in ways that have never applied to any other US president, ever".

Rea Carey, head of the LGBTQ Task Force, said "There hasn't been a nominee for the Supreme Court this extreme since Robert Bork". 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.

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