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Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick

Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick

It's common for a major nomination to trigger a paperwork avalanche during the laborious Senate confirmation process, which will see Kavanaugh having one-on-one meetings with influential senators before he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote to send his nomination to the Senate floor. From attending Georgetown Preparatory School with Gorsuch - they graduated two years apart - to later reuniting in the chambers of Justice Kennedy, for whom the two of them served as judicial clerks, destiny and deep fealty to Republican causes groomed Kavanaugh for such a time as this.

As a judge of the US Court of Appeals in Washington for the past 11 years, Kavanaugh has ruled and written on some of the nation's most sensitive cases, including when he opposed the Affordable Care Act, the signature health reform of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

At one point, Kavanaugh urged judges to defer to the FDA and other scientific agencies, largely on the grounds that courts could not compete with the agencies' expertise.

President Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh as wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh and children look on in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018.

Because Murkowski and Collins are pro-choice, activists are focused on securing their votes as well as those of three Democrats from heavily Republican states - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - who are up for re-election this year and who will be pressured to support Kavanaugh.

After Bush moved into the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court in 2003. "The process so mirrored 'The Bachelor, ' several folks quipped, that Mr. Trump would ask his nominee, 'Will you accept this robe?'"

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.

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When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. However, U.S. officials tried for two more days to use procedural methods to stymie its ultimate adoption.

Republicans are eager to have a new justice in place when the Supreme Court begins its new term in October. It is unclear whether Senator John McCain, a Republican, will vote as he is undergoing brain cancer treatment. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. Kavanaugh also led the probe into the suicide of Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster.

Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court will irrevocably tip the court's balance against LGBT rights.

"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.

Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide.

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights. Harris's opposition is also important for symbolic reasons, as she is widely considered a leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination for president in 2020.

A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' 2-1 opinion issued Monday is raising speculation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.


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