MILLHISER: Kavanaugh nomination a win for Republicans - and a blow to democracy

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

Kyl lobbied on behalf of the conservative group Judicial Crisis Network past year during the confirmation battle for the president's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, according to federal disclosures.

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".

Multiple sources tell ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump is considering for the vacancy are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

A judicial activist advising U.S. President Donald Trump on potential nominees to the Supreme Court signaled Sunday that two of the candidates would be a tougher sell to conservatives.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

As soon as Kennedy announced his retirement plans on June 27, Democrats mobilized, arguing that anyone Trump selects would be hand-picked to help roll back abortion rights, Affordable Care Act protections, same-sex marriage, and scores of other decisions that have shaped modern America - while ruling in favor of corporations and against under-represented minorities.

Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

A Maryland native whose mother was a public school teacher who went on to serve as a state judge in Maryland, Kavanaugh got his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University. 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.

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It said the USA side had shown little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses". "It's a broad definition", Pompeo said. It also underscores crucial gaps in how the United States and North Korea define denuclearization and see the path forward.

Kavanaugh has been a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.

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".

Kavanaugh also worked with special counsel Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come. Senate rules now requires only a majority of 51 votes to advance a Supreme Court nomination.

"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch previous year. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

During an appearance on MetroNews "Talkline", Capito said she wants Trump to nominate a judge similar to Gorsuch, who she voted to confirm previous year. "My law clerks come from diverse background and points of views", Kavanaugh said, adding that a majority of his clerks have been women.

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

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