Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

In a later tweet he said he was looking forward to the Monday night announcement of his "exceptional" pick. "Casey is refusing to even consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee".

He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

Mike Lee received a phone call Monday from President Donald Trump telling him he would not be his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Deseret News has learned.

A judicial activist advising U.S. President Donald Trump on potential nominees to the Supreme Court signaled Sunday that two of the candidates would be a tougher sell to conservatives. "Mr. President, I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your faith in me", he declared.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh, questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

He is a graduate of both Yale undergrad and law school, and he clerked for Kennedy.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. He also stressed that the constitution must be interpreted "as written - informed by history and tradition and precedent". Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office.

Each of the nine justices serves a lifetime appointment. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come.

Kavanaugh has been viewed somewhat skeptically by some conservatives, who have scrutinized his ties to the Bushes and his long career inside the Beltway, the proverbial "swamp". But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating.

The battle for Senate confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick is likely to be one of the most intense.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

The timing of the nomination means that Kennedy's replacement could be confirmed before the start of the Supreme Court's next term on the first Monday in October.

Other controversial topics include net neutrality and the judge's belief that criminal investigations should not involve active presidents, a clear problem for some lawmakers amid Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

It's a promise that has helped cement near-record levels of support for his presidency from Republican voters - and for good reason.

They are hoping to persuade Republican Senate moderates to vote against Kavanaugh.

The confirmation process promises to be a fight, and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority - with nearly no room to lose votes as Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona remains absent while fighting brain cancer.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

If Democrats maintain total unity, a single GOP defection could be enough to sink Kavanaugh's nomination. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right.

All eyes on which senators?

In Priests for Life v HHS, a case that raised the question of whether or not the contraception mandate in ObamaCare could be applied to religious organizations, Kavanaugh's dissented and stood for religious freedom.

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won. All three joined with Republicans in confirming Justice Gorsuch.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Senate rules now requires only a majority of 51 votes to advance a Supreme Court nomination.

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