Donald Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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Kavanaugh, 53, is now a judge on the DC circuit court of appeals that has always been considered the second most powerful court in the country and a pool of reserves for justices to the Supreme Court.

The law professor called for Democrats to refrain from attacking Kavanaugh during the hearings and tying up his nomination. It was Scalia's death in 2016, and the Republican blockade that followed, that created the vacancy for Trump to nominate previous year Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump continued. He added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving".

FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group, issued a statement applauding Trump for choosing Judge Kavanaugh.

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He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case". "I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic", Kavanaugh said on Monday. It is also his second nomination since becoming president.

Mr Kavanaugh is a federal appellate judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat. Kavanaugh also did preliminary work that led to Clinton's impeachment for an affair with a White House intern.

Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

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With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote. Some Republican senators had favored other options.

That will be a critically operative phrase for him to navigate the confirmation process. Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. The Judicial Crisis Network, which describes itself as "dedicated to strengthening liberty and justice" and is committed to "limited government", has already purchased a $1.4 million ad campaign on national cable and digital TV, and on stations in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, featuring an introductory bio spot about the nominee. The confirmation process is expected to be tough because Republicans have a wafer-thin majority in the senate and several of their members might cross over to the other side. Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. The two have supported access to abortion services. At the top of that list is abortion. Trump has said he would appoint a justice who would reverse Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 case that granted women in the U.S. the right to have abortions across the country.

In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court
Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh is prepared for a seat on the Supreme Court", Byrne posted on Facebook and Twitter. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on the court nominee in the fall.

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