Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump said was "very close" to deciding on his Supreme Court nominee, and anticipated a final announcement by Monday.

Kavanaugh followed Trump by saying he was "humbled" by the nomination.

Bush, Mr. Kavanaugh has been a judge of the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, where he has burnished his conservative credentials as a judge for 12 years now. It's the same court that produced three current high court justices.

Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Hardiman, the first person in his family to go to college, earned his law degree at Georgetown University and has been a federal judge since 2007.

Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society, about the Supreme Court. "I strongly urge my Senate counterparts not to approve any nominee who was chosen by President Trump until the investigation into his campaign's collusion with Russian Federation has concluded". White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages" for the four finalists. According to Politico, the Judicial Crisis Network is planning to run ads targeting Donnelly, North Dakota Senate Heidi Heitkamp, and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to vote for Trump's pick.

Republicans occupy 51 Senate seats. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is battling brain cancer and has been absent since last December.

With customary fanfare, Trump unveiled his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on prime-time TV. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago. "There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court".

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward". His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant. They sought someone with a long track record that included most of the controversial issues likely to come before the high court. "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an impressive nominee who is extremely well qualified to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier in the day accused the "far left" of "scare tactics" to try to thwart the nomination.

Kennedy announced his plans for retirement in June. The president briefed Senate Republicans at the White House Monday evening shortly before making the public announcement.

The group had already signaled it was willing to spend big to support Trump's nominee, no matter who the President chose. "Specifically, as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, his nomination presents an existential threat to the health care of hundreds of millions of Americans".

Kennedy had been considered the swing vote for the court, backing liberal views on gay rights and abortion but leaning conservatively on issues such as gun rights and campaign spending.

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