Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

A Washington DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Harvard Law School professor-hired to teach by Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, as he pointed out tonight-Kavanaugh articulated his "judicial philosophy", saying judges must be "independent, and must interpret the law and not make the law". The president's announcement from the East Room of the White House during prime time television hours began with an expression of gratitude for Kennedy's service-then he announced a former Kennedy clerk to take the justice's spot, judge Brett Kavanaugh. While there is certain to be biased and vitriolic political attacks directed at this nominee, we believe Judge Kavanaugh's character, experience, and judicial temperament will be well received by the American people. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on the court nominee in the fall. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.

The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh, a front-runner throughout the search process, because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said at the White House.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey commended Trump on the nomination of Kavanaugh.

Trump, just days after becoming president in January of past year in a similar televised event, selected the reliably conservative Neil Gorsuch to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died at the age of 79 in February 2016. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.

He characterized the ruling as creating a new right for undocumented immigrant minors in U.S. custody to receive "immediate abortion on demand".

McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections.

In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.

Trump will announce his decision Monday at 9 p.m. Past year the president appointed Neil Gorsuch after the Senate refused to consider Barack Obama's nomination, Merrick Garland, to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

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

Recently, he said he wouldn't ask any potential nominees about Roe during interviews. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

If confirmed, the appellate judge would become the second young conservative jurist Trump has put on the top United States court during his first term. The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.

It could also create a lasting majority. Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court's remaining Republican appointees.

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