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Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Reuters reported last week that conservative federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Kethledge are the two most serious contenders being considered by Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court, citing a source familiar with the process.

Trump prefaced the reveal with a brief address, saying that like President Reagan before him, he was looking for "judges who apply the Constitution as written".

His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order past year to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion. Trump touted Kavanaugh as "a brilliant jurist" with "impeccable credentials" before inviting Kavanaugh to the podium, where the judge said he was "deeply honored" to be Trump's choice.

A Yale Law School graduate and a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court since 2006, Kavanaugh is set to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced last month he'd be stepping down after serving three decades on the court.

"Before a Supreme Court justice is confirmed to a lifetime position on the bench, West Virginians and the American people should have the ability to weigh in at the ballot box this November", she said at the time.

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Kavanaugh, who emphasized his Roman Catholic faith in his appearance with Trump at the White House on Monday, said in a dissent that the full court was embracing "a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". Jon Kyl (R) to help shepherd President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Wolf in July Fourth salute: "God bless abortions and God bless America" Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks "all winners" Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Trump supporters, GOP lawmaker MORE's Supreme Court nominee through the Senate. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. "And somebody who is conservative but also is willing to look at the law in a non-judgemental way, like Judge Gorsuch", she said. He was a primary author of Starr's report to Congress calling for the impeachment of Clinton in the wake of the sex scandal involving White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the USA for a generation after he leaves office. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

The White House noted Kyl served on the Senate Judiciary Committee "during the confirmations of 4 of the last 5 justices who have joined the Supreme Court". As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

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. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. But Barrett told senators she would not let her staunch Catholic beliefs affect her legal rulings. All three are Republican targets for the confirmation vote: They all supported Gorsuch and come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.