Trump names conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

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

Kavanaugh earned a reputation as a hard worker during clerkships for two appeals court judges and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a conservative whom he would replace on the Supreme Court, if confirmed.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law". He's a Yale-educated appellate court judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit and clerked for retiring Justice Kennedy. In a statement delivered at the White House in front of reporters, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and more, POTUS revealed his pick, which comes just two weeks after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

Hardiman was the runner-up when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia past year. Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights.

Barrett, on the other hand, has become a favorite of religious conservatives because of her thorny confirmation hearing to the federal bench past year.

Trump's eagerness to tease maximum drama out of the nomination he promised Sunday that an "exceptional person will be chosen" has drawn criticism from opposition ranks.

Hardiman, originally recommended to Trump by his sister, Third Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, was again a finalist, having a backstory that appeals to POTUS: first member of his family to graduate college. At her recent confirmation hearing, however, she said it was never permissible for judges to "follow their personal convictions in deciding a case".

Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise.

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The president added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving".

It may not also be his last, with liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg 85-years-old and Stephen Breyer turning 80 next month. But I'm very close to making a decision. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000.

Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment. With Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on sick leave, a single "no" vote by a Republican could ruin the confirmation.

The most significant and far-reaching damage Trump will do to our environment and public health will come from his Supreme Court picks. She needs to make it through a closed primary, in which only Republicans can vote, for her reelection bid in 2020, making opposing Trump unsafe.

"He can still recite the section and seat numbers of the upper deck seats his dad had at RFK (Stadium) for the Redskins", said Travis Lenkner, a former Kavanaugh law clerk, of the Washington Redksins' home field until 1997. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. Keep reading below to learn more about Trump's pick! "The point is not to put the president above the law or to eliminate checks on the president, but simply to defer litigation and investigations until the president is out of office".

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been targeting three Democratic senators who are up for re-election in red states that Trump won in 2016, including West Virginia Sen. In practice, that means that 51 votes, rather than 60, are needed to confirm nominees. She also joined just five other Republicans in voting against putting Holmes on a U.S. district court in Arkansas in 2004. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.

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