Networks covering Supreme Court pick move to battle footing

Erika Holt
July 12, 2018

President Trump announced Monday that he has appointed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, pending confirmation by u.s. lawmakers. At 53, Kavanaugh, if confirmed, could reasonably expect to serve on the Supreme Court well into the middle of the century - no doubt an attractive prospect to President Trump, who intentionally targeted young candidates for the posting, sources told ABC News.

"My decision on whether to ultimately support Kavanaugh's nomination will be based on his commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court is a "trier of law" appellate court and not a "trier of fact" trial court". Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to push this through quickly.

If Barrett is not selected this time, White House officials said she would remain on the list for a future vacancy.

Carney continued, "The already outlandish criticisms of this appointment overlook Kavanaugh's impressive career as a judge who upholds the Constitution and appeals to the law and not activism".

"Confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would roll back the clock on rulings that protect women, people of color, workers and the LGBTQ community". The swamp creatures of this slimy Republican establishment, which ironically President Donald Trump successfully defeated to gain his nomination for the presidency, pushed The Donald to name Kavanaugh as the next SCOTUS justice.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

He has never expressed outright opposition to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which made abortion legal nationwide, and similarly has no record on gay rights and same-sex marriage, but he will face tough questions from Democrats on both issues. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. Three Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won by double digits in 2016 - Indiana Sen. Those Trump-voting states are all home to Democratic senators who will face intense pressure to support the President's nominee. While conservative on firearms and election financing, Kennedy showed a more progressive streak on issues such as abortion and affirmative action. And his writings raise serious concerns about whether he would be an independent check on presidential abuse of power. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (IST) nominated conservative Brett Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court Judge to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement recently.

Manchin voted against the last year's attempts to repeal and replace the federal health care law. The president spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies.

Praising Trump, he said that throughout the process, he witnessed first-hand the President's appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

A practicing Catholic active in various religious organizations, Kavanaugh is a married father of two girls.

Kavanaugh worked for Starr, whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office. "I encourage all of my colleagues to carefully review the qualifications of this nominee instead of trying to solicit his opinions on political issues, and to remember that the responsibility of a Supreme Court justice is to interpret the laws as written, not substitute political opinions for the law".

A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Kavanaugh - the only one of Trump's four finalists who has an Ivy League degree - will be in good company on a court where all the current justices have gone to law school at Harvard or Yale.

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