Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering

Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

President Donald Trump announced Monday evening that he had selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, his second choice in less than two years.

Trump tweeted early Monday, after a weekend spent weighing his decision at his New Jersey golf club. But after working in the George W. Bush administration, Kavanaugh's stance has softened, reports The Washington Post.

The highly anticipated decision brought with it momentous implications for America on a wide range of issues including abortion, gun control, and immigration.

And Franklin doesn't think evangelical ardor for Trump will die down now that their goal of a conservative majority on the court seems to have been achieved: "If anything, it throws fuel on the fire". "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added.

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced".

"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me".

He also worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated then president Bill Clinton but in 2009 he was reported as saying that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

A Maryland native whose mother was a public school teacher who went on to serve as a state judge in Maryland, Kavanaugh got his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University. In a 2009 article in The Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh wrote that presidents are under such extraordinary pressure they "should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office".

MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out.

His appointment will not change the ideological tilt of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but he could nevertheless shift the bench further right.

Kethledge also was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating. 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.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

The source described Kavanaugh now as "a little risky" because of that, "and - perhaps, in the end - too establishment for DJT [Donald J. Trump]". Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri told NBC's "Meet The Press" the president should take note of that political reality in his choice.

The nomination, if confirmed by the Senate, would represent one of the most consequential decisions of Trump's presidency.

Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. If McCain were to miss the vote, only one GOP defection would be needed to block the nomination if all Democrats were opposed. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

The looming midterm elections in November also could be a factor.

All eyes on which senators?

The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen. All three joined with Republicans in confirming Justice Gorsuch. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera.

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