President Donald Trump announced Monday night he would nominate USA appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. He graduated from Yale Law School and at one point clerked for Kennedy.
US President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising confirmation battle.
An appointee of George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's first notable role in public life was helping to draft the Starr report, which detailed the sexual relationship between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and called for the President's impeachment.
After being announced as the nominee by Trump Monday, Kavanaugh said he would "keep an open mind in every case and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law".
Hardiman has a tale Republicans like McConnell love: a former taxi driver from the key swing state of Pennsylvania who comes with the recommendation of fellow 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister.
Mr Kavanaugh was reportedly asked in 2003 about repealing Roe v Wade, the landmark law on abortions that Mr Trump would like to repeal, and he said he believes the law is "binding precedent".
The president has already begun using the high court vacancy as a rallying cry as he campaigns for Republicans across the country.
In many ways, Trump's pick will further empower the conservative backlash against progressive victories of the Obama era, on issues like gay rights, immigration and health care legislation that set a torch under his shock general election campaign.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.
Yvonne Abraham addresses Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, in an op-ed for Boston Globe, calling this "only the moment that might define your entire career" and urging her "to protect us from whoever does get the nod" from overturning Roe v. Wade, if confirmed. Jon Kyl of Arizona would guide the nominee through the Senate confirmation process. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen.
The rollout will be modeled on the seamless presentation in January 2017 of the President's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, in what was undeniably one of his most successful and most well-managed moments as President.
President Donald Trump has introduced his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as "a judge's judge" and cited his "proven commitment to equal justice under the law". Kavanaugh said Monday that he remained "grateful" to his prospective new colleague.
This story is breaking and will be updated. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer earlier on Monday said Trump's nominee should be obligated to make his or her views clear on matters like the Roe ruling. Senator Patrick Leahy is a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
His retirement presented Trump with his second Supreme Court pick. In addition to protesting Trump's nomination, they argued that Democrats have not done enough to protect the liberal progress. "Supreme Court reform remains a worthy cause because it will help rein in an institution prone by design to imperial overreach".
"I hope I'm wrong but I suspect this is going to be a rough tough down in the dirt ear pulling nose biting fight", Kennedy said.
Casey, who is up for reelection in November in a state Trump won during the 2016 presidential election, unilaterally refused to consider any of Trump's potential nominees hours before Trump's big 9 p.m. announcement. Barletta was elected to the U.S. House in 2010-a Republican "wave" year-and was also rumored to be on Trump's short list for labor secretary during the transition.