Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee; local politicians react

Pauline Gross
July 11, 2018

The 53-year-old Cavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and previously served under President George W. Bush's administration as staff secretary to the office of the president.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.

Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time.

Jones, who declined the White House's invitation Monday, took a cautious approach to the latest Supreme Court battle.

MARTIN: Who on the president's list is considered to face the toughest confirmation battle? While he has yet to reveal his sentiments on the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to abortion access, he was involved with a dispute over whether a pregnant migrant woman who was being held by immigration authorities could receive an abortion in 2017, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We unite in our common belief that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is a good man, a brilliant jurist, and is eminently qualified to serve as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court".

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In recent years the Supreme Court has made landmark decisions on fundamental and often politically charged issues ranging from same-sex marriage, abortion, gun rights, corporate money in elections, and free speech.

The Republican president, with an opportunity to further put his stamp on the court with the second appointee of his 18 months in office, is expected to choose among four judges with strong conservative credentials: Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett. He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. It's a similar playbook to one the group followed past year with Judge Neil Gorsuch. "When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I urged the President to appoint a consensus nominee who could earn broad bipartisan support in the Senate and the confidence of the American people".

He said the one who came up with an idea for a list of candidates was Trump, not Leo and not the Heritage Foundation - which also drew Schumer's ire.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. "A judge must interpret the law, not make the law", Kavanaugh said. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary. He also has a compelling personal story: He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college. "I think there's a process we have to go through, our members want to get acquainted with him, they want to meet him, they want to ask him questions". Trump's sister, a retired federal judge, served with Hardiman on the 3rd Circuit and reportedly recommended him for the job.

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