Pres. Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court: ‘A true thought leader’

US President Donald Trump confers with the media upon arrival at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown New Jersey

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Plus, he is a former law clerk to Kennedy, who switched sides quite a bit during his time on the Supreme Court.

"The Supreme Court has already gone far enough in becoming a rubber stamp for President Trump's political agenda, and Judge Kavanaugh's nomination threatens a generational transformation of our government that will entrench laws favoring the wealthy and powerful", she said in a statement. He also served in the George W. Bush White House.

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has working-class roots that could make him attractive to the American public.

The nomination, 12 days after the retirement of Mr Kennedy, gives Republicans their best chance in decades at securing a five-member majority (out of nine) in the highest court in the USA and power to shape legal battles over guns, immigration, the environment and civil rights.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

Liberal Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders said in a tweet that if Kavanaugh is confirmed "it will have a profoundly negative effect on workers' rights, women's rights and voting rights for decades to come".

Democrats are warning that Trump's nominee would jeopardize some of progressives' most important policy priorities in recent decades - including rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as former President Barack Obama's health care law. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.

While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate.




The senators have stayed mum on whether they're planning to support Trump's nominee, saying they'll wait until after he announces to weigh in. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Sen. This may also not be Trump's last opportunity to appoint to the highest court in the United States: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is 85, and Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 in August.

Conservative Christians have long vied to overturn that decision, and Mr Trump has previously said he wants "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a "superb choice" in Kavanaugh and urged senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command". She said the Senate "should confirm his nomination without delay".

"I'll exercise the judicial power with modesty and restraint", Kavanaugh said at his swearing-in ceremony. In addition to protesting Trump's nomination, they argued that Democrats have not done enough to protect the liberal progress. "If you were looking for somebody to pick for the Supreme Court, you'd have to say that she's an excellent choice".

McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is affiliated with Tanden's group, is among the groups taking part in a rally at the Supreme Court tonight to protest Trump's pick.

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

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