Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

"The recent Supreme Court vacancy created in late June when Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement has reshaped the 2018 midterms, with outlets like the New York Times popping out headlines like, "'It's a Terrible Vote': "Red-State Democrats Face an Agonizing Supreme Court Choice". But he did make his pick, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

President Donald Trump is expected to make the Supreme Court announcement from the East Room of the White House at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups.

While the president pondered his choice, his aides prepared for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

The White House announced Monday it has tapped former Arizona Sen.

The White House said former Republican Senator Jon Kyl, now a Washington lobbyist, will help Trump's nominee navigate the Senate confirmation process.

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation.

His appointment will not change the ideological tilt of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but he could nevertheless shift the bench further right. And I believe this person will do a great job.

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Ed Whelan, former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, on President Trump's potential pick for Supreme Court Justice.

The Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would fight the nomination "with everything I have". But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

Speaking after his nomination, Judge Kavanaugh said: "If confirmed I will keep an open mind in every case and will always strive to preserve the constitution of the United States and the American rule of law".

Education: Barrett received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis and studied law at the University of Notre Dame where she is a longtime law professor.

Kethledge, who was a clerk for Kennedy in 1997-98, has been described as very similar ideologically to Gorsuch. But he has a comparatively thin record of judicial opinions and some conservatives have voiced concerns that he could turn out to be similar to Justice David Souter, who was appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush but sometimes sided with the court's liberals. That list included two people with Alabama ties: justices Kevin Newsom and William "Bill" Pryor of Alabama, both with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11 Circuit. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published a year ago called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude". Though Kennedy is a conservative, he was often a swing vote on big decisions, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action.

"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people".

But much like his entire presidency, there are no assurances it will go smoothly.

Judge Kavanaugh said he would begin meetings with senators on Tuesday. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court.

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