Trump announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court pick
Jul 12 2018
In 2001, Kavanaugh served as associate counsel and senior associate counsel to President George W. Bush.
"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said as he introduced his nominee in a prime-time address from the White House, praising him as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".
Ross said she hadn't protested until Trump took office, but has been to several demonstrations in the last few years.
The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right. "Kavanaugh would use the Court as a tool to doom all women to that fate".
Anti-abortion groups quietly lobbied against Kavanaugh, pushing instead for another jurist on Trump's shortlist, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, ABC News reported in the run-up to Trump's announcement.
"My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written". GOP leaders, with a slim majority in the Senate, are anxious to have Kavanaugh in place for the start of the court's session in October - and before the November congressional elections.
Last October, he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by USA authorities from immediately obtaining an abortion.
Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.
Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line".
"In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and healthcare protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block", Schumer said.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who leads the barest of Republican majorities, had also expressed misgivings about his path to confirmation.
Since 2008, Kavanaugh has been teaching courses at Harvard Law School on the Constitution's separation of powers doctrine and the Supreme Court itself.
White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".
Trump previous year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Democrats say the administration should let such families go until they must appear in court, and say keeping children and parents in custody for such offenses is cruel, even if they're together. In just two cases this year, the court's radical conservatives limited the ability of workers to join together to file class actions lawsuits to redress workplace grievances such as wage theft and forbid members of labor unions from collecting fair share fees from public sector workers who choose not to join but who the union is required to represent.
In later years, Kavanaugh said that Clinton should not have had to face down an investigation during his presidency.
Trump defeated Clinton's wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election and has disparaged both Clintons.
More than anyone else in conservative legal circles today, Kavanaugh, 53, has been viewed as a Supreme Court justice-in-waiting.
The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights. Some of these issues could be before the court in the event special counsel Robert Mueller tries to compel Trump's testimony or, perhaps less likely, persuades a grand jury to indict Trump in connection with the Russian Federation investigation.