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Donald Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Donald Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump said Monday that he is nominating Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The nominee made no mention of his leanings in brief remarks at the White House, where he was joined by his wife and their two daughters. He also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he told the assembled dignitaries, as Trump beamed. A judge must interpret statutes as written.

The battling at the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday underscored how both parties still see vast political potency in immigration, even as congressional votes have shown that partisan differences and divisions within the GOP or Republican Party, make it unlikely anything will reach Trump's desk soon.

In 2001, Kavanaugh served as associate counsel and senior associate counsel to President George W. Bush.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving", said Trump, who called Kavanaugh "one of the sharpest legal minds of our time".

But it will galvanize Democrats and Republicans in the months before the midterm elections. Democratic senators serving in Republican-leaning states including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota made similar remarks, though top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's pick.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

Looking at how intense this protests I am left to wonder.

On Monday night, however, McConnell applauded Trump's announcement.

But that doesn't mean it's fair or right or that Democrats shouldn't be livid in cases like this where it leads to such an antidemocratic outcome.

Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South. Were the presidency determined by which candidate got the most votes - as it is in every other democracy on earth - Hillary Clinton would be president right now, and the margin would be 6-3 in favor of liberals.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME is one of two Republican senators who support abortion rights and is facing pressure from the left to oppose Kavanaugh. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, have expressed concerns about a justice whose confirmation would threaten Roe v. Wade. At the top of that list is abortion.

Abortion-rights groups warned that Kavanaugh would likely vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

Trump plans to announce Monday that he has selected the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh has been a strong voice on the D.C. circuit for reining in regulatory agencies, including an opinion, in dissent, in which he would have declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional.

"Your experience has been most notable, not so much for your blue chip credentials, but for the undeniably political nature of so many of your assignments", Sen. He noted that he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he was hired by former dean Elena Kagan, appointed by Obama to the Supreme Court in 2010.

Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and abortion are expected to draw particular attention in his confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh in 2009 changed his tune on the Starr probe, arguing that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

He also argued that the president chose the man he thought would best protect him from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says Republicans know they're in for a contentious battle to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, but "won't back down from the fight".

The White House hopes Mr Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.


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