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Trump Nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

10 July 2018

Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump's choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of month.

Before Trump walked out to make his prime time announcement Monday night, a parade of conservative luminaries and Administration officials filed into the East Room of the White House to sit on gilded folding chairs set out in a wide arch around a lectern. According to Politico, part of the email read, "Judge Kavanaugh protects American businesses from illegal job-killing regulation".

"As a fair legal mind, defender of the Constitution, and a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh is prepared for a seat on the Supreme Court", Byrne posted on Facebook and Twitter. He has overruled regulators on cases ranging from consumer protections to net neutrality 75 times and even ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional.

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. If confirmed, the 53-year-old from Washington D.C. could serve decades on the court.

Kavanaugh's selection was met with predictable reaction from both Republicans and Democrats.

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Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade. And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority.

"I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of the republic", Kavanaugh said when accepting the president's nomination, echoing the words Trump used moments before.

By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in past year.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority.

According to the Judicial Common Space, which scores U.S. justices and judges on their ideology, Kavanaugh's ideology falls to the right of Justices Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, but to the left of Clarence Thomas. Kavanaugh said he would start meeting senators on Tuesday. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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"It will be very hard for Democrats particularly those in red states to vote against him, except for rank political motives", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal organization.

Recently, he said he wouldn't ask any potential nominees about Roe during interviews.

Kennedy has always been a swing vote to in favour of abortion rights.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch a year ago. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice. He served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President.

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"From what I know at this point, it appears President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh", Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said in a statement.