President Donald Trump Announces His Supreme Justice Nominee

Marsha Scott
July 11, 2018

The privilege of naming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court - judges whose decisions could affect the lives of Americans for decades - is one of the most consequential choices a president can make.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

And I believe this person will do a great job, ' the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One to head back to Washington from New Jersey, where he had spent the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

During the announcement Monday evening, Trump called Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" and a "thought leader among his peers".

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday.

Trump's short list continued to vacillate in the hours leading up to tonight's prime-time finale, where his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy will be revealed.

The nominee will need at least 50 votes in the Senate, which Republicans now hold a slim advantage at 51 seats.

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Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin - all up for re-election in November - were the only three Democratic senators who voted previous year in favor of confirming Trump's first high-court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who was approved in a 54-45 vote.

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s.

Kavanaugh was considered one of the most likely choices to receive the nomination, though judges like Raymond Kethledge, Thomas Hardiman, and Amy Coney Barrett were also reported to have been up for consideration. So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench.

The White House guest list for the Monday night announcement includes Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and another committee member, John Kennedy, R-La.

Kavanaugh, for his part, thanked the president for his "appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary", saying that he was "humbled" by the nomination and Trump's confidence in him. 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. I've always gone in there assuming that the judge - he's going to make up their mind based on the facts and what they hear, not based on a political litmus test requires. Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

As promised, Trump made his pick from a list of more than two dozen potential nominees drawn up with the help from conservative legal activists at The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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