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

The Trump Presidency: Brett Kavanaugh nominated to Supreme Court

The Trump Presidency: Brett Kavanaugh nominated to Supreme Court

Minutes after President Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Alabama's Democratic senator took a wait-and-see approach.

In the days leading up to Trump's announcement, some conservatives were concerned Mr Kavanaugh would not be far enough to the right on certain issues including abortion and health care. Unlike Forrest Gump, Judge Kavanaugh is regarded on all sides as one of the most brilliant jurists of his generation. He noted that he understood the gravity of this matter and believed Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" like Neil Gorsuch, last year's replacement for "the late great Justice Antonin Scalia". And he worked on the vote recount in the state of Florida that made George W. Bush president. He is a connected Washington insider with roots in politics and has written more than 300 opinions in the 12 years he has been on the D.C. Circuit.

Democrats are already lining up against Kavanaugh as too conservative. Kavanaugh also did preliminary work that led to Clinton's impeachment for an affair with a White House intern.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward", he said. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written".

The press had spent the day chasing rumors of Trump talking to friends and aides about narrowing his picks. On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody.

"It just seems like Trump in this case just bowed to the elite in Washington and I think that's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way". A majority of 51 votes is needed for a confirmation.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow.

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"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said. "The most important thing we can do".

Judge Kavanaugh now faces what could be a hard fight for confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans hold only a slim majority.

Host Chuck Todd then brought up the dilemma faced by red-state Democrats. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won. Trump also praised Kavanaugh's dedication to tutoring children in local elementary schools and coaching his daughters on their basketball team. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. "Trump did not move too fast in naming a nominee", said Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.

Democrats had announced their opposition to his nomination before President Trump's announcement.

The president's decision could shape the nation's highest court for years to come. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

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

"I'm deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on The Supreme Court", Brett said.

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

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