Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Jones I can work with Trump after insults

Jones I can work with Trump after insults

US President Donald Trump has nominated federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record since 2006 on the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the same court where three current justices including Chief Justice John Roberts previously served.

Kavanaugh, Trump's second nomination to the US Supreme Court, must confirmed by the Senate.

Judge Kavanaugh, who is married with two daughters, served as a senior White House official under the George W Bush presidency before he was nominated to the appeals court in 2003.

During an appearance on MetroNews "Talkline", Capito said she wants Trump to nominate a judge similar to Gorsuch, who she voted to confirm past year.

"The Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty", he said.

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service. The long-time Democratic California senator said Kavanaugh is would represent political interest groups rather than the rights of Americans. "What rings true? What rings false?'" His mother, a one-time school teacher would go on to become a trial judge.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh could solidify a conservative majority on the court for decades and with it likely advance efforts to strip power from regulatory agencies, slow the expansion of gay rights, strengthen gun rights, and, Democrats warn, open the door for states to chip away at access to abortions.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia. A Ronald Reagan nominee, Kennedy joined the high court in February 1988. As a young attorney in prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office, he was the lead author of the salacious Starr Report calling for president Bill Clinton's impeachment, and represented George W. Bush in the Florida vote recount that awarded the 2000 election to Bush. "I'll interpret the law as written".

The Judicial Crisis Network announced its "Confirm Kavanaugh" campaign of cable and digital ads in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Judge Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and has excellent conservative credentials. If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed.

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. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

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