Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

10 July, 2018, 17:11 | Author: Wade Massey
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US President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a tumultuous confirmation battle over the future direction of the nation's highest court.

When Kavanaugh came to the microphone, he laid out his judicial philosophy, saying a judge "must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law" and interpret "the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent". Reporters saw Kavanaugh leave the U.S. District Court of Appeals earlier in the day in what seemed to be a White House motorcade.

"President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Shelby said in a statement.

He added: "Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers".

"He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

In the days leading up to Trump's announcement, some conservatives were concerned Mr Kavanaugh would not be far enough to the right on certain issues including abortion and health care.

"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M", the president tweeted.

The Democratic senator Kamala Harris of California said: "Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the supreme court".

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What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right. The two Democrats cited Kavanaugh's written opinion that a president should not be subject to civil litigation or criminal prosecution while in office in opposing his nomination. "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

"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. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

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

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Democrats had announced their opposition to his nomination before President Trump's announcement.

With Republicans hoping to confirm a justice before the court resumes its session in October, as well as prior to the upcoming midterm congressional election in November, many perceived the timing as critical. Both senators backed Gorsuch's nomination. He served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President.

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