Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.

Conservatives will argue that the nominee is a mainstream jurist, and that any opposition is a form of liberal extremism that voters should consider when they go to the polls. The deep-pocketed group advertised against Senate confirmation of Garland and spent millions more advocating for Gorsuch. He's the first person in his family to graduate college, paying for it by driving taxis. Barrett has excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions.

Anticipation was high on Capitol Hill in the hours leading up to the announcement.

"I honestly think that if it's one of the four, I think that they will be relatively easily confirmed", Cornyn said. It was McConnell, according to one GOP official, who suggested that Arizona's former Sen.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.

Some Republicans are said to be concerned about his Bush connections.

It is a high-profile vetting process that will kick off with the public event at the White House on Monday night. Only time will tell. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a statement on Monday. Senate Democrats must use everything in their power to keep Trump's risky nominees off the Supreme Court. And the Senate's top Democrat said the nomination puts abortion rights and health care protections for women "on the judicial chopping block".

"As I have said, part of my job as Senator includes thoroughly considering judicial nominations, including to the Supreme Court".

With customary fanfare, Trump planned to unveil his choice on prime-time TV. But her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

Sure to be controversial is a 2017 decision involving the alleged targeting of Hispanics for questioning by Border Patrol agents.

And in a rape case, Kethledge dissented. In another criminal case, he wrote that police do not have to obtain a search warrant to obtain a suspect's cellphone location information.

Kavanaugh, 53, is an ideological conservative who is expected to push the court to the right on a number of issues including business regulation and national security. She was a law clerk for Scalia.

In the short term, the bigger question is whether Kavanaugh can secure a majority of Senate votes in order to be confirmed.

And it worked. Following the death of Antonin Scalia and the blocked nomination of Merrick Garland, the victor of 2016's presidential election was going to have the power to shift the ideological makeup of the court - the possibility of which played a significant role in drawing people to the polls.

As for Murkowski, she says she's looking forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with Kavanaugh.

Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion. Regardless of his choice, it's likely that the closely divided Senate will be holding a momentous confirmation vote just weeks before the midterm election. In fact, Trump's pick was said to have the "inside track" from the get-go, thanks to his D.C. connections.

Hardiman holds a consistently conservative voting record. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh.

Judge Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court. His father, also a lawyer, was mentioned merely for inspiring the nominee's love of sports, which Kavanaugh says he has passed on to his young daughters, whose basketball teams he coaches. He served in the Solicitor General's Office at the Justice Department and worked on President Bill Clinton-related investigations in the Office of the Independent Counsel under Kenneth W. Starr.

In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions. A judge must interpret statutes as written. Two of Trump's closest advisers on the issue - Federalist Society vice president Leonard Leo and White House counsel Don McGahn - were both reportedly behind picking Kavanaugh. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

"I'm open to voting yes".

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