President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump considers himself a master showman, having honed the ability to build suspense over 14 seasons of reality television, a convention-shattering presidential campaign and almost 18 months in office.

President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court ever further to the right.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said red-state Democrats might be tempted to vote for Trump's nominee because the midterm elections are coming up-but they should prioritize stopping his nomination to the Supreme Court. Two large wooden doors behind the podium slid open and Trump walked out. Since May 2006, he has sat on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

In confirming Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Republicans eliminated the 60-vote requirement to advance a nomination to the High Court. "I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic", Kavanaugh said on Monday.

US President Donald Trump has nominated federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Trump then introduced Kavanaugh, gesturing to this right, where a heavy wooden door swung open and Kavanaugh, his wife and two young daughters took the stage next to Trump.

On the contrary, Santorum said the base was "turned off" by Kavanaugh, a D.C. insider who was part of President George W. Bush's legal team.

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Trump also met with Republican Sens. His father went to law school at night, he added.

The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh, a front-runner throughout the search process, because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

He was interviewed by the President the same weekend as Kavanaugh. "But to me that title will always belong to my mom", Kavanaugh said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

That will be a critically operative phrase for him to navigate the confirmation process. Kavanaugh said he would start meeting senators on Tuesday.

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an very bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution. Kavanaugh has "stellar" qualifications, she said.

Kavanaugh will have the help of an ad campaign sponsored by conservatives to convince colleagues and citizens.

Schumer said that Kavanaugh would not have been put on the list of 25 candidates compiled for the president to select from by the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers' group, "had he not been one of these hard right judges". If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Aron predicts the court's future opinions would also roll back consumer protections, clean air and water regulations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said opponents were using "40-year-old scare tactics" over abortion and other issues but they "will not stop us from doing the right thing".

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