Trump readies big court reveal as senators dig in for fight

10 July, 2018, 06:42 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Nearly immediately after US President Donald Trump announced federal judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court, Jewish groups and leaders expressed concern for what his confirmation would mean for the future of the high court and its impact on American life.

The pick is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, after he selected Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.

Kavanaugh was appointed to D.C. Circuit appeals court in May 2006, after his nomination by President George W. Bush and his confirmation by the Senate.

Like Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, is a veteran of the White House during George W. Bush's presidency.

Kavanaugh in 2009 also wrote "a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a president can be criminally indicted and tried while in office".

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Kavanaugh earned a reputation as a hard worker during clerkships for two appeals court judges and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a conservative whom he would replace on the Supreme Court, if confirmed. "What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and Constitution require", Trump said.

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Trump has called the Supreme Court pick "the most important decision a USA president can make", and advocates say that nominating a conservative justice to replace Kennedy could overturn long-standing decisions such as Roe v. Wade.

Prior to Trump's announcement, Republicans Sens. But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him.

Watch full coverage of the landmark decision TONIGHT at 9:00pm ET on Fox News Channel. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME were widely identified as the two lawmakers most likely to break with their party, given both their support of abortion rights, and the view that Kennedy's replacement had potential to be more conservative than he was in this regard. McConnell works closely with the Federalist Society, which is at the forefront of conservative judicial thinking, and he helped the group draft Trump's list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees.

Kavanaugh potentially could serve on the high court for decades. "With this nominee, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise of nominating justices who are hostile to women's reproductive rights". McConnell has rejected that possibility, saying the decision to not fill the vacancy under Obama was prefaced on it being a presidential election year.

With McConnell leading the way in the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump is seeking to put his imprint on the federal judiciary for generations to come.

Known as a devout Catholic, Kavanaugh's position on one of America's most politically charged issues - abortion - has raised concern on both sides. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.

He says he will fight the nomination "with everything I have". At the time, Collins said she thought Pryor did not show enough respect for the judiciary. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh. Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. "If confirmed, the conservative wing of the court - composed of five men - will be poised to strip women of the freedom to make their own health choices and control their own futures".



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