Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Trump is scheduled to announce his nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. on July 9. "How can you condemn a nominee before she or he has been named, and then declare your opposition to that person before you have even met with them?"

"I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock", he said.

In a later tweet he said he was looking forward to the Monday night announcement of his "exceptional" pick.

Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", the Senate minority whip said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

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 gay rights at risk.

While on the campaign trail, Trump said that if he gets to nominate one or two conservative justices, the court would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.

Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise.

Trump's other leading candidates for the post were fellow federal appellate judges Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

On Sunday Leonard Leo, a Federalist Society official who has been advising Trump, added a fourth name: that of Thomas Hardiman, 53, a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia.

Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee
During his time as a Senator, he participated in the confirmation hearings of four Supreme Court justices. Kavanaugh, 53, is said to be supported by White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search.

Trump had been going back and forth between Kavanaugh, the favorite of White House counsel Don McGahn, and Hardiman, whom the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former colleague of Hardiman's, has pressed him to choose.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49.

Trump has reportedly narrowed the pool of candidates to four federal appeals court judges.

"I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Ivey said in a statement.

"She's instilled in me a commitment to public service and a respect for the rule of law that I've tried to follow throughout my career", Kavanaugh said at his 2006 Senate confirmation hearing for a spot on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

He investigated a Democratic president, served in a Republican White House and now is an influential member of what is often called the second most powerful court in the country.

Mr Trump is securing a conservative judiciary for a generation. As a result, Democrats have accused Republicans of stealing a Supreme Court seat.

But Trump appointed Barrett to the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit just nine months ago, and he may well leave her to gain more experience.

Kavanaugh once served as a Supreme Court clerk under Kennedy. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist".

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court a year ago, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

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