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Brett Kavanaugh: 5 Things On Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Nominee

Two of Trump's closest advisers on the issue - Federalist Society vice president Leonard Leo and White House counsel Don McGahn - were both reportedly behind picking Kavanaugh. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

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

"President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement moments after Trump's announcement.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote who sometimes sided with the court's liberals in key cases. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who is up for re-election in November in a state where Trump is overwhelmingly popular, tweeted Monday that he too was looking forward to meeting with Kavanaugh to discuss his "judicial philosophy & perspective on access to healthcare for WVians with pre-existing conditions".

"The Republicans have enough senators for a confirmation, and the Republican senators have not signaled any real appetite to say no", he said, adding that even if Kavanaugh were blocked, it's unlikely Trump's next pick would be any more palatable to Democrats. He worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency and was an aide to Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, according to the Associated Press.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".

It's official! President Donald Trump has named Brett Michael Kavanaugh has his Supreme Court Justice nominee!

Kavanaugh has a record on both.

Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen.

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During his 2006 confirmation hearings to the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh testified that he "would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully".

Kavanaugh is one of two dozen jurists Trump listed as potential Supreme Court nominees during the 2016 campaign, a list that generated significant enthusiasm among social conservatives who have long sought to overturn abortion rights in America, among other causes.

"But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh, " Amar wrote in a controversial NYT OpEd, maintaining that Trump had lived up to his promise to pick "someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States".

"Rehnquist's dissenting opinion [in Roe...] stated that under the Court's precedents, any such unenumerated right had to be rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people", Kavanaugh summarized. Robin Shea, a partner at the employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, said she's been "pretty pleased" overall with Kavanaugh's record.

Walker said Kennedy's replacement will be much more conservative, foreshadowing big changes in issues including affirmative action, school prayer and guns. "This decision will directly impact nearly 40 percent of my state, so I'm very interested in his position".

One measure of a judge's influence is how many of his clerks wind up working in the Supreme Court.

If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Justice Kennedy, who served on the bench for 30 years and was appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan.

In the federal courthouse in Washington, Kavanaugh has developed a reputation for cracking jokes, talking sports and showing up at events to support his colleagues. "I am going to do my due diligence, exercise an independent review and independent judgment so don't have a feeling one way or another", said the Alabama Democrat. "In your opinions, demonstrate civility - to show, to help display that you're trying to make the decision impartially, dispassionately, based on the law and not based on your emotions".

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