President Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

Four federal appeals court judges are President Trump's top contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court.               CBS NEws

Four federal appeals court judges are President Trump's top contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court. CBS NEws

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican establishment.

"Former Senator Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court", White House Spokesman Raj Shah said. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House.

Kavanaugh has been viewed somewhat skeptically by some conservatives, who have scrutinized his ties to the Bushes and his long career inside the Beltway, the proverbial "swamp".

"Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Surpeme Court", Trump said.

Last week I was told Trump had essentially narrowed the list down to two: Kavanaugh and 6th Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge. He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement. Ms Coulter challenged Democrats on the issue ahead of the midterm elections in November. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN were invited for the announcement.

The issue even prompted moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. At the top of that list is abortion. Susan Collins said she wouldn't support a nominee hostile to the court's precedent in Roe v. Wade - and the conservative Barrett has expressed a willingness to reverse precedent she sees as wrongly decided. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. Kavanaugh worked in the administration of each President Bush and also for independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

Trump defeated Clinton's wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election and has disparaged both Clintons. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn't vote due to their immigration status.

Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. The nomination is poised to cement the Supreme Court's conservative majority, vastly reshaping the court for decades to come. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer. The same advice I've given to every single president is, think of this not as a political thing, but what is this for the ages?

Donnelly declined an offer to attend last night's announcement at the White House.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs. Sen.

Trump SCOTUS team has looked at Kavanaugh's past comments on indicting a sitting president, we've confirmed. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". This kind of fear mongering they've tried over and over again for 40 years. Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold a vote on Garland's nomination.

Some of the protesters got on 5th Ave. and laid down on the roadway in front of Trump Tower.

Hatch said he expects a fight with the Democrats over the nomination will be "vicious".

After about 30 minutes, some of the protesters, including Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, were arrested. An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees.

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