Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Outside candidate for Supreme Court buoyed by McConnell's backing

Outside candidate for Supreme Court buoyed by McConnell's backing

"He keeps an open mind and sticks to the law", Mascott said.

"I don't see how you can vote for Gorsuch, and then look at Brett Kavanaugh and not say, 'This is someone in the same line, '" Judicial Crisis Network policy director Carrie Severino said during a FOX Business interview with Stuart Varney.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".

Susan Collins said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has an impressive background for the job. During that time, he developed broad views on executive power. "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

"I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Ivey said in a statement.

Amar's endorsement is remarkable because by his own admission, he strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation was stalled by Republicans. The President dwelled on Kavanaugh's Ivy League credentials, which were a focus of Trump's during the selection process, and the fact that, like Gorsuch, Kavanaugh had also clerked for Justice Kennedy. Kavanaugh also led the probe into the suicide of Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster. So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump.

Three Democratic senators sure to face tremendous pressure over whether to back President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee have been invited to Monday's White House announcement of the pick.




"Judge Kavanaugh commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, judges, and justices", said Sterling Professor Akhil Reed Amar '84. One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

A key sticking point for Kavanaugh on many of these and other cases appears to be whether Congress has provided the specific authority to issue the environmental regulations in question. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. The speakers say the nominee poses a threat to abortion rights and health care protections.

At the top of that list is abortion. "A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right".

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

The AJC has not taken a position on the nomination, and Stern said it was studying Kavanaugh's record, specifically with regard to issues of immigration law, religious liberty, separation of church and state, and reproductive freedom.

Republicans and Democrats are at odds over Kavanaugh and with the Senate closely divided, his path to confirmation is treacherous.

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