Pres. Trump announces pick for Supreme Court nominee

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, is a friend of business.

Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

Before Trump walked out to make his prime time announcement Monday night, a parade of conservative luminaries and Administration officials filed into the East Room of the White House to sit on gilded folding chairs set out in a wide arch around a lectern. Unlike Forrest Gump, Judge Kavanaugh is regarded on all sides as one of the most brilliant jurists of his generation. Kavanaugh was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in May 2006.

Before he was nominated to the DC circuit by George W. Bush, he was the former president's staff secretary and worked for Bush during the 2000 Florida vote recount.

Kavanaugh clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after law school - the very justice he's hoping to replace. The American Family Association has already expressed its opposition to Kavanaugh, calling on the Senate to reject him.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey commended Trump on the nomination of Kavanaugh.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", he said.

While the statement also spelled the judge's name as "Cavenaugh", the obviously pre-written placeholder characters "XX" caused much mirth on social media. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written".

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence. Kavanaugh noted that it was his mother-a former public school teacher who went to law school and became a judge-who inspired him to follow in her lawyering footsteps and will always be the only "Judge Kavanaugh" in his mind.

"I think that Donald Trump said he was going to energize the base with this pick". Kavanaugh said he would start meeting senators on Tuesday. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a longtime member of the Judiciary Committee.

Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh could create the most conservative court since the justices blocked a number of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programmes in the 1930s.

"In exchange for this act of good will, Democrats will insist that Judge Kavanaugh answer all fair questions at his confirmation hearing". This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year.

The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.

Trump also met with Republican Sens.

There's buzz that he has plans to gut Roe V. Wade.

Trump vowed during the campaign to appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe, the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, and his appointment to replace Kennedy could make that a reality.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with.

The president's decision could shape the nation's highest court for years to come. He served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President.

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

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices.

As a result, Trump found more than twice as many judicial vacancies waiting for him when he entered the White House as Obama did.

The finalists are believed to be four federal judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

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