Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

Trump announces Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.

"Kavanaugh has proven to be a staunch conservative who has relied on originalism and textualism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is taking his first step Tuesday toward securing his place on the high court, when he begins meeting with senators to shore up support for his nomination ahead of a major confirmation battle. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely".

"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind", said Sen.

As sterling as Kavanaugh's pedigree and credentials are, his confirmation won't be a walk in the park.

On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

"I will evaluate Judge Kavanaugh's record, legal qualifications, judicial philosophy and particularly, his views on healthcare", said Sen. I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

Observers believe if Special Counsel Robert Mueller tries to compel the president to testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation, or even bring charges against the president, the issue will go all the way to the Supreme Court, which could return to its 5-4 conservative majority if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

"It's a red state with a Democratic senator".

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades".

"Look what happened last week, Justice Roberts, Justice Gorsuch, they promised they would follow binding precedent and they undid 40 years of precedent on labor law in the Janus case".

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said.

Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.

As for the right, many will likely back Trump's pick in the hopes of pushing the high court in a conservative direction, but not everyone is pleased. Judge Kavanaugh will help keep it that way.

"All that changes for me is that we now have a nominee", Heitkamp said in a statement. "I actually believe that should be a part of the process".

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.

Murkowski and Collins are sure to face increasing pressure over the next several months from their Democratic colleagues to buck the president's nominee over the fate of women's abortion and reproductive rights. The American Family Association has already expressed its opposition to Kavanaugh, calling on the Senate to reject him. We know that that fight is coming. They all supported Gorsuch. Activists for the group prepared multiple versions of protest signs for a rally Monday night on the steps of the high court, not knowing whom Trump would ultimately pick.

Congress should legislate. The judiciary should judge. She asked viewers to consider "the snapshot" of Trump associates - including Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen - under investigation or facing charges.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh has come under fire in some conservative circles for his ties to Bush, a member of the Republican establishment that is eschewed by Trump, as well as for not sometimes ruling aggressively enough on issues of importance to conservative activists.