Published: Tue, July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Everything you need to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick

Brett Kavanaugh: Everything you need to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick

"Donald Trump's decision to nominate a reactionary ideologue like Brett Kavanaugh and shift the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court even further right represents a generational assault on justice, freedom, and our country's core democratic values", Dean tweeted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called him a "superb choice" who is well-qualified for the job. John McCain's expected no-vote as he battles brain cancer. Last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, another relatively young nominee, was successfully added to the bench. - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, probably, on ads pressuring her to support, or reject, Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

He is the kind of judge a President Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney would have picked - a man with an established legal pedigree and a reputation as a reliably conservative jurist. There is no term limit, and judges are appointed for life.

"Again, based on what I'm hearing about Judge Kavanaugh, I encourage my Congressional colleagues in the Senate to quickly confirm him". "And somebody who is conservative but also is willing to look at the law in a non-judgemental way, like Judge Gorsuch", she said. Abortion will be a key issue in the confirmation process. Regardless of his choice, it's likely that the closely divided Senate will be holding a momentous confirmation vote just weeks before the midterm election. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. As the audience took their seats, the music stopped.

When the court refused to reconsider its ruling, Kavanaugh dissented, saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had exceeded its authority in seeking to regulate carbon emissions under a specific EPA program.

Justice Kennedy played that role in recent years. But he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong". "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written", Kavanaugh said in a ceremony, highlighting his family, Roman Catholic faith and distinguished legal career.

What Could Complicate Kavanaugh's Nomination?

The judges on the list are reportedly Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, report the Washington Post and the New York Times.

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said at the White House. Kavanaugh was the front-runner from the moment Kennedy (for whom he clerked) announced he would give his Republican Party a crucial spot on the Court. The chaos of his administration is what happens when a minority rules what should be a republic. The president briefed Senate Republicans at the White House Monday evening shortly before making the public announcement.

Democrats in particular are extremely concerned that this appointment would severely erode abortion rights.

Anti-abortion-rights activists do not disagree.

Despite the rhetoric, abortion rights are unlikely to be removed. Roe v Wade is unlikely to be overturned. He said that picking a new justice was the most important responsibility of his office other than matters of war.

The critical case is Planned Parenthood v Casey, where Justice Kennedy was part of the majority opinion alongside justices O'Connor and Souter.

Critically, in that case, all three conservative justices did not overrule Roe.

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