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Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee?”

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".

Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated by Donald Trump to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court, is a pillar of the Republican legal establishment who earned the nickname "Forrest Gump" after being involved in a series of moments of huge import in modern American history. "Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty". Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.

A senior White House official said Trump made his final decision on the nomination Sunday evening, then phoned Kavanaugh to inform him.

He added: "Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers".

Meanwhile, three Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, all face reelection in the fall in states Trump won.

"Most of the time Kennedy swung to the conservative side, especially on questions of the limits of congressional power, the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment", Burrus, who also is managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review, tells VOA. Kelly Ayotte acted as sherpa for then-nominee Neil Gorsuch ahead of his 54-45 confirmation vote to the Supreme Court in April of previous year. So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench.

The Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would fight the nomination "with everything I have".

Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. According to his biography, Kavanaugh worked with Starr from 1994 to 1997, and was the co-author of the Starr Report, which detailed President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and laid out the case for his impeachment.

Jones' position could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation as the Republicans hold only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate. As a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to set valuable precedents for lower court judges all over the country to follow.

There's buzz that he has plans to gut Roe V. Wade.

Kavanaugh, whose wife and two daughters were with him Monday night, said he was "deeply humbled" by the nomination.

Kavanaugh says he will begin meeting with members of the Senate on Tuesday.

Trump vowed during the campaign to appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe, the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, and his appointment to replace Kennedy could make that a reality. "I support President Trump's nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee".

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch a year ago.

McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.



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