Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

Trump a year ago appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime-time TV at the White House.

MCCAMMON: At the same time, as I said, you know, Barrett's very popular with religious conservatives.

At Monday night's announcement in the East Room, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, said: "Mr President, thank you".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh built a solidly conservative record during his 12 years on the appeals court in Washington that decides consequential cases on health care, the environment and other major governmental policies.

"If the President does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available", Kavanaugh wrote.

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, up for reelection in November, announced on Monday that he will vote against the president's nominee no matter who it is, and called the selection process "corrupt".

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN were invited for the announcement. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business. "This is the moment conservative women have been waiting for - the chance to return justice and constitutional limits to the nation's highest court", Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America, said in a statement in June.

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Giuliani said as much Sunday. "My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen said. "Mr. Cohen, in the interview, also specifically raised the point that he believes the intelligence communities over Trump.

That kind of thinking could prove helpful to Trump, who has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment, as well as possible obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation probe now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. At the top of that list is abortion. Democrats will put pressure on two Republicans who support abortion rights. He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of Kennedy, for whom he clerked.

"I'm open to voting yes".

After Republicans won control of the Senate in 2014, McConnell became leader — and the confirmation of Obama's nominees started grinding to halt.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

Two other vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this fall ― Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana ― did not support Gorsuch's nomination. The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies. "What matters is not a judge's political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require", Trump said.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. More importantly, JCN will be targeting the ad in red states with Democrat Senators: Alabama, North Dakota, Indiana and West Virginia.

It took three years before the Senate voted to confirm him for that role, however. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee.

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