Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

"He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", Trump said in his prime-time televised White House announcement.

"Brett Kavanaugh has been one of the most learned judges in America on a variety of issues, ranging from theories of statutory interpretation to separation of powers", added William N. Eskridge, Jr.

Donald Trump's nomination came from a short list of federal appeals court judges, who all staunch conservative credentials.

Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit since May 2006.

Kavanaugh acknowledges this is not the view he held in the 1990s when he was working towards President Clinton's impeachment over the affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern. "Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of those words, 'Equal Justice Under Law, ' is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court", Harris wrote.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has not specifically said if he would support overruling the decision, according to CNN.

Kavanaugh, 53, was nominated to replace retiring conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81.

He did not immediately issue a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Corker took a harder line.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

In the dissent, Kavanaugh said the mandate was "a law that is unprecedented on the federal level in American history" and called the penalty for people not buying insurance "jarring".

Murkowski and Collins have been the focus of a concentrated campaign against Kavanaugh by liberal groups and affiliated Democrats. "I think there's a process we have to go through, our members want to get acquainted with him, they want to meet him, they want to ask him questions".

"Brett Kavanaugh has gotten rave reviews - rave reviews - actually, from both sides", Trump said Tuesday, a stark mischaracterization of Democrats' comments, as he left the White House for a weeklong overseas trip. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

And so did the Senate's other two most endangered Democrats, Sens. The two have supported access to abortion services.

At the top of that list is abortion.

"I will oppose this nominee with everything that I've got", Schumer told MSNBC, warning that a more conservative court including Kavanaugh could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion and end protections under the Affordable Care Act healthcare law known as Obamacare.

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.

Cory Booker calls efforts to block Kavanaugh "the most important fight of our lifetimes". He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".

He also argued that the president chose the man he thought would best protect him from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Recently he voted to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. "The mood here tonight is very volatile", she wrote on Twitter. And control of the Senate is in play, which wouldn't stop Trump from making another SCOTUS nomination if a liberal justice retires under his watch, but Democrats could try to mitigate that next pick's conservative lean.

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