Brett Kavanaugh picked for Supreme Court by President Trump

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Soon after Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, he made a vow to fill the Supreme Court with "pro-life" judges.

Senator Bob Corker (R- TN) said Kavanaugh is held in high regard, having heard critical cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Shah again dodged, saying that "the president and the White House are aware of all of Judge Kavanaugh's public record, but what we are focused on is that if you look at his opinions, if you look at his writings, there are some that would emphasize greater power for the executive, some that would limit the power". He has also taught at Yale Law School-from which he graduated-as well as Harvard and Georgetown.

Kavanaugh has sided against the EPA in a number of other cases, but as SCOTUSblog pointed out, he has also ruled in favor of environmental groups and against companies in other cases.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Kavanaugh, 53, took part in investigations of former President Bill Clinton, helped former President George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida vote recount battle, and served in the Bush administration before Bush nominated him to the federal bench. Although Kennedy was a swing vote on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, he often was reliably conservative. The chief justice earned a 2018 equivalent of about $254,000.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

Kennedy's position in the court's center guarantees a fierce confirmation fight.

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Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide. Kamala Harris of California says young women should pay close attention to the nomination, adding that a possible ruling to overturn abortion rights "will forever change your lives". "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

If Democrats can convince voters in red states that Kavanaugh is a threat to Obama-era health care, they might be able to peel off the one or two GOP votes needed to sink Kavanaugh's nomination.

By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in a year ago.

Before a full vote on the chamber floor, the prospective justice will be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that can go on for days. That James Bopp, one of the conservative legal architects behind the anti-Roe campaignwas opposed to Kavanaugh is an interesting twist in a nominating process that has been beset by indecision. "I'll make my decision after that", Nelson said.

"Like Neil Gorsuch before him, Kavanaugh is an ideologically driven pick designed to create an activist Supreme Court that will undermine rights and protections for women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and all vulnerable people".

Democratic lawmakers, who have a minority of seats in both houses of Congress, have acknowledged there is no clear path to block Trump's pick for the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

A number of lawsuits against the agency are also making their way through the courts, and a year ago, Kavanaugh weighed in on one of those cases brought by the mortgage company PHH Corporation.

If the party sticks together, the president's choice will be sitting on the Supreme Court when its new term starts in October.