Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

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The president added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving".

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require".

Some social conservatives have anxious that Judge Kavanaugh, if he reaches the high court, would follow in the footsteps of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is viewed as being among the more moderate of Republican-appointed justices.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event.

For all the parsing of differences between the finalists on the president's shortlist in recent days - Judge Amy Coney Barrett was praised by conservative Christian groups who believed she held the deepest anti-abortion beliefs, Judge Thomas Hardiman was criticized by those same groups who anxious he might slide to the left as Justices Souter, Kennedy and Blackmun did before him, Kavanaugh raised concerns from some because his anti-abortion opinions were not strong enough - all of those under consideration effectively posed a similar threat to abortion access in the United States.

Trump tweeted Sunday that he will announce his pick on Monday at 9 p.m. EDT. Then, on July 6, he revealed the list was shortened to three candidates, naming Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge.

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But Trump's "obsession with it, the constant harping on it, and the exclusive focus on it - that's pretty new", said Goldgeier. Trump's obsession with military costs would make sense if it were part of an attempt to reduce the USA defense budget.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

The Republican caucus has a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, but one key member, Sen. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

A large number of Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., immediately announced that they plan to vote against Kavanaugh. The stakes are enormous, and advocacy groups that don't have to unveil their donors are spending heavily to shape the fight.

Both of Kavanaugh's parents, Martha and Edward, graduated law school in 1978, according to The Washington Post. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids. Once that is done and Kavanaugh has completed a questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee, formal hearings can begin.

His pick will have a tough nomination battle ahead of them, with Republicans holding onto a single seat majority in the Senate, with John McCain ill and possibly unable to participate in the confirmation process. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie, but even a single Republican breaking with the party would hold up the nomination, assuming the Democrats are unanimous in opposition. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The two have supported access to abortion services.

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More recently, she's written that abiding by precedent is "not a hard-and-fast rule" in the Supreme Court's constitutional cases. Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time", he told an audience in Fargo, N.D., last month.

With the judges on the short list all no older than 53, the person selected could realistically be expected to serve for three decades or more and could be involved in the reconsideration of significant precedents, including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Kavanaugh once served as a Supreme Court clerk under Kennedy.

Kavanaugh has been dubbed a Washington insider, having worked in both Bush administrations, and is now a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

Still other Democratic senators issued strong statements against Kavanaugh-as well as the Senate moving on the matter-on Twitter. "Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist with a proven record of objectively interpreting laws and the Constitution".

If Democrats maintain total unity, a single GOP defection could be enough to sink Kavanaugh's nomination. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton. Last fall, he joined a panel of judges in issuing an order to prevent an undocumented immigrant teenager in US detention from obtaining an abortion.

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During Trump's presidential campaign, he emphasized that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court bench if he was elected.

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