Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee?

A'Supreme show Trump savors big reveal for court choice

A'Supreme show Trump savors big reveal for court choice

Kavanaugh was the frontrunner among four finalists who also included judges Thomas Hardiman, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has been nominated to replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June at the age of 81. He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of Kennedy, for whom he clerked. "Yes, I think he'll be confirmed", Napolitano said.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Aderholt - the dean of Alabama congressmen in the lower chamber - urged the Senate to quickly confirm Kavanaugh.

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Jones' position could be critical to Kavanaugh's confirmation as the Republicans hold only a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

Responding to two potential criticisms of his argument-first, that nobody should be above the law, and second, that there must be a check against the bad or illegal behavior of presidents-Kavanaugh said he is only arguing for deferment of any action and that impeachment would remain an option.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump told reporters as he left Morristown, N.J., on Sunday to return to the White House. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee.

Kavanaugh, a Catholic, was careful to make himself sound open-minded, reasonable, and apolitical, although, as Quartz's Heather Timmons noted, he's "played a role in several of the most important partisan battles in USA politics over the past 20 years".

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Trump will take the bows for this sharp rightward swing, but the credit belongs to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

" Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, posted a statement to Twitter questioning Kavanaugh's fairness: "Americans deserve a Supreme Court justice who will stand up for liberty and justice for all - not someone picked from a list compiled by right-wing organizations to do their bidding".

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence.

Like Trump's first nominee a year ago, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

Conservative judicial activists will immediately begin running ads pressuring politically vulnerable Democratic senators to vote for confirmation. CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids.

Trump, just days after becoming president in January of previous year in a similar televised event, selected the reliably conservative Neil Gorsuch to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died at the age of 79 in February 2016.

The president "is the producer", said CNN analyst and former Obama aide David Axelrod .

His tightly orchestrated wind-up announcing Brett Kavanaugh as his latest pick for the Supreme Court, bore all the hallmarks of a matchmaking show, but, unlike some of his other staged events, the hype, the pageantry and the photo op Trump relishes is backed up by serious effect.

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. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. 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.

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