Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Judge Kavanaugh later worked as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

President Donald Trump has chosen a solidly conservative, pro-life judge for the Supreme Court as he shifts the highest court ever further to the right.

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative policy advocacy group backed by the influential Koch network, has planned a seven-figure ad campaign to support Kavanaugh, as it did past year on behalf of Gorsuch, as well as mounting a grassroots campaign in Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Trump's preoccupation with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference suggests he was undoubtedly "thrilled" to learn that Kavanaugh believed that similar investigations tend to be burdens on the presidency. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee.

While Kavanaugh's record has antagonized conservatives at times, his position on executive authority may have endeared himself to Trump. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

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"We'll do well to remember that we are evaluating a judge, not debating a candidate for political office", McConnell said, noting that several Democrats had signaled their opposition to Trump's pick before the nomination was made public.

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said: "If confirmed, Brett Kavanaugh will have the chance to codify President Trump and Vice President Pence's risky anti-LGBTQ record and the agenda of anti-LGBTQ groups into law for decades to come".

A favorite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington, Kavanaugh, 53, is a former law clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. She also lashed out and what she called "liberal activist judges".

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Jon Kyl, who served three terms as a U.S. Senator from Arizona, will be deeply involved in the confirmation process of whomever President Donald Trump nominates to the Supreme Court.

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The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. But the president in recent days seemed to narrow his shortlist for the court down to two other appellate judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman. The group's spending, which is focused on Democratic senators, will probably climb over the coming months to match the $10 million spent to support Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination past year.

They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote. Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have all been floated as possible "yes" votes for Kavanaugh, but on Tuesday, they were just as mum as their moderate colleagues on the other side of the aisle. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision". The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

Now, Casey is certainly within his rights to oppose Kavanaugh because he finds his votes in the various cases referenced above extreme or problematic.

Video after Trump's announcement showed pro-choice protesters enraged. Murkowski said, after a reporter asked her if any GOP members could afford to vote against the nominee.

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Trump plans to announce his next Supreme Court nominee next week. "No, I don't think it's fair to say that, and here's why". That means Democrats have a steep hill to climb if they intend to preserve the decisions on groundbreaking cases like Roe V.

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