Trump Nominates Conservative-Leaning Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Trump Nominates Conservative-Leaning Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Democrats girded for a fight as Trump kept up the suspense surrounding his shortlist of four possibles, all with solid right-wing credentials, ahead of the televised announcement to be made in prime time from the White House.

"The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by an historic degree of transparency, including the President's public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential nominees to the Supreme Court", the White House Press Office released in a statement.

President Donald Trump on Monday evening announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. "I'll interpret the law as written". A Ronald Reagan nominee, Kennedy joined the high court in February 1988. Kavanaugh, 53, is a Yale Law School graduate who has served on the D.C. Circuit Court for 12 years and was once a former clerk to the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Among these individuals are Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge.

The confirmation process promises to be a fight, and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority - with nearly no room to lose votes as Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona remains absent while fighting brain cancer.

Trump announced his pick fewer than two weeks after Kennedy said he would end his 30-year career on the bench. Jon Tester of Montana - told reporters on Monday that he was not invited to the White House for Monday's ceremony, but added he's open to voting to one of the nominees. Kavanaugh in his dissent mentioned that a financial penalty levied under Obamacare on Americans who opted not to obtain health insurance might be considered a tax, a pivotal distinction in the conservative legal challenge to the law.

After Republicans won control of the Senate in 2014, McConnell became leader — and the confirmation of Obama's nominees started grinding to halt. Trump is committed to placing an extreme ideologue on the Court, who could endanger environmental protections, overturn Roe v. Wade, and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

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Broadcast networks scrambled to clear room on their primetime schedules at 9 PM in order to cover Trump's announcement, ABC interrupting summer reality TV workhorse The Bachelorette, to carry Survivor: Scotus. But it's likely that supporters of abortion rights are still wondering about this issue.

Republicans hold a mere 50-49 Senate majority, with the prolonged absence of the ailing Arizona GOP Sen. This is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.

Unlike presidents or members of Congress, however, Supreme Court justices in the United States do not have terms - they usually serve until they resign or die, giving presidents who select them a judicial legacy sometimes lasting decades beyond their terms in office.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade. They may need every Republican senator to secure the seat without Democratic help.

"We have ample examples from the past several years of judges who have sworn in their confirmation hearings to respect precedent, and then reverse their stand once on the court", Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday, arguing that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch violated the precedents they said they would adhere to.

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