Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after President Donald J. Trump announced him his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Washington, July 9, 2018. If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right. ABC and CBS went with messages that Trump was announcing his nominee, and added Kavanaugh's name when the judge joined Trump onstage. "And you were so kind to recognize Mrs. Scalia, remember the justice, and mention me".

Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh worked with Special Prosecutor Ken Starr on the Monica Lewinsky investigation during the 1990s, during which President Bill Clinton was nearly impeached. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor, (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale).

After all, Kavanaugh worked for both Presidents Bush.

In this and a number of controversies landing before his court, Kavanaugh seemed to have been performing for an audience of one: the Republican president who would one day appoint him to the highest judicial perch in the land.

"He can still recite the section and seat numbers of the upper deck seats his dad had at RFK (Stadium) for the Redskins", said Travis Lenkner, a former Kavanaugh law clerk, of the Washington Redksins' home field until 1997. "Justice Gorsuch was. This person is at the heart and soul of the D.C. establishment against whom the president railed". That gave Trump his another chance to make a lasting impact on the Supreme Court and to give conservatives a 5-4 majority.

Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward". He would interpret the Constitution, not make law. "And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent". She rocketed to the top of Trump's earlier list of 25 Supreme Court candidates after her performance during her confirmation hearing last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem. According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively boring".

Schumer said he was confident that the Democratic party can "prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we'll get a majority of the Senate to vote for it". "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case". The Supreme Court could be called upon to weigh in on these matters.

"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said.

Host Chuck Todd then brought up the dilemma faced by red-state Democrats. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.

Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".

Trump also hopes to pressure several Democrats into voting to confirm his nominee.

A right-leaning Supreme Court would be one of Trump's lasting legacies and highly prized gift to his conservative base after he a year ago delivered his first Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch.

In 2017 he dissented when his appeals court declined to reconsider its decision upholding "net neutrality" regulations implemented under Obama - and later rescinded under Trump - requiring internet providers guarantee equal access to all web content.

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