President Trump has just nominated 53-year-old Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
President Trump praised the George W. Bush appointed federal appeals court judge.
“There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving. This incredibly qualified candidate deserves a swift confirmation.”
President Donald Trump has picked Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with extensive legal credentials and a lengthy political record, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials,” Trump said, shortly after announcing his pick. “Throughout legal circles, he is considered a true judge’s judge.”
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. The favorite of White House Counsel Donald McGahn, Kavanaugh is also considered a safer pick than some of the more partisan choices who were on the president’s shortlist.
A graduate of Yale Law School who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh has the traditional trappings of a presidential nominee to the high court.
If confirmed, the appellate judge would become the second young, conservative jurist Trump has put on the top U.S. court during his first term. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would give the president an even bigger role in shaping U.S. policy for decades to come. The potential to morph the federal judiciary led many conservatives to support Trump in 2016, and he has not disappointed so far with the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and numerous federal judges.
At times, he has diverged from the Republican party’s ideological line on important cases that have come before him, including on the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care law which Kavanaugh has declined to strike down on a number of occasions in which it has come before him.
Anti-abortion groups quietly lobbied against Kavanaugh, pushing instead for another jurist on Trump’s shortlist, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, ABC News reported in the run-up to Trump’s announcement.
Kavanaugh received his current appointment in 2006 after five years in the George W. Bush administration, where he served in a number of roles including staff secretary to the president. He has been criticized for his attachment to Bush, as well as his involvement in a number of high-profile legal cases. – CNBC
Brett Kavanaugh, Pres. Trump's Supreme Court pick: "My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law." https://t.co/5RVZrIaUdm pic.twitter.com/1Vkh7GlK3E
— ABC News (@ABC) July 10, 2018
Let the left’s blood sport begin…
The radical Democrat Senator from California, Kamala Harris, wasted no time showing her opposition to Trump’s pick. It really wouldn’t matter who President Trump chose. Democrats had their #Resist tweets ready to go, all they needed was a name to insert in their disapproving tweet.
Whether or not the Supreme Court enforces the spirit of the words "Equal Justice Under Law," is determined by the individuals who sit on that Court. Brett Kavanaugh represents a fundamental threat to that promise of equality. I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 10, 2018