Brett Kavanaugh Revealed as Trump's Latest Supreme Court Nominee

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"When the Senate confirms Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court the American people will have another great justice, as he has already shown to be an independent, fair-minded judge who will honor the Constitution and the rule of law".

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. While the latest opening on the Supreme Court is commanding all the attention, the nominees to the lower courts are also consequential. Kavanaugh would be the second appointment under Trump, further cementing a conservative-leaning Supreme Court. She's bemoaned that judicial confirmations have become bogged down in politics.

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"Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service", Trump said in a televised address from the east room of the White House.

If confirmed, the nominee will create a clear conservative majority on the nation's highest court for generations to come. Ten are women, nine of them white. Two other judges, Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen have also been considered by the President. Almost 42 percent were women — the highest share of female judicial appointments of any president.

Democrats are ramping up opposition to the president's eventual pick with a focus on the prospect that the candidate that's confirmed would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decades-old ruling that struck down laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. "And I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months". He is probably best known for his ties to President George W. Bush.

"President Trump has made a superb choice", McConnell said in a statement.

"No matter how intense the incoming fire, he'll stand by his legal principles", said Justin Walker, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville who clerked for Kavanaugh in 2010 and 2011. John McCain, R-Ariz, is absent getting cancer treatment, so Republicans now have just a 50-49 vote hold.

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

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"When this power is placed in the wrong hands, our justice system can also take our country backwards, whether it's upholding the Muslim ban, attacking the basic civil rights around the right to vote or weakening our protections for immigrants", she said. He served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President. Democrats remain livid over the move to this day, calling it a stolen seat.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist". She considers federal appeals from Wisconsin, Indiana and IL and hears the cases in the Dirksen Federal Building courthouse in Chicago's Loop.

Tanden said Trump "wants to pit us against each other", and referenced his attacks on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel during the campaign.

But Schumer said on the Senate floor that the nominee's appreciation of precedent as settled law would not be sufficient, and that they should be questioned about Roe specifically. Frustrated with GOP roadblocks in the Obama era, the Democrats eliminated the filibuster for nominees for the administration and judiciary, other than for the Supreme Court. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would guide the nominee through the confirmation process, including preparing for meetings with senators.

"The Supreme Court has accepted more and more limitations on abortion over time as it's gotten more conservative, so I suspect this will continue", she said.

If the party sticks together, the president's choice will be sitting on the Supreme Court when its new term starts in October.

"I'm very close to making a final decision".

While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate.