Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

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"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court past year, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room during the announcement that was carried on prime-time TV.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

Kavanaugh is a federal appellate judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a fine husband, father, and friend-and a man of the highest integrity.

Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. "I thank God every day for my family", Kavanaugh said, praising his daughters, whose basketball team he coaches, as well as his wife, whom he met when both were working in the White House in 2001. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1990, and then clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose seat he is now taking on the Supreme Court. Dozens of additional nominations are pending - a list that will soon include Trump's second nominee for the highest court in the land.

As a Democrat in a red state, Jones faces more pressure to support the President than other Democrats in the Senate already opposing Trump's potential nominee.

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The confirmation process promises to be a fight, and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority - with nearly no room to lose votes as Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona remains absent while fighting brain cancer.

Kavanaugh also worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.

"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced".

The White House did announce its "sherpa" for the eventual selection: Former Sen.

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely".

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"As a United States senator, confirming a Supreme Court justice is one of the most consequential votes I will take", Daines said. Additionally, campaigns by Paul Rand denouncing Kavanaugh may also make it hard to rally Republican support behind Trump's nominee.

"President Trump has made another outstanding choice", Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, said a statement moments later. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., all of whom are running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

Taking the podium, Kavanaugh thanked the president and noted Justice Kennedy's years of distinguished service, whose shoes he would have to fill.

McCain, weighing in from Arizona as he continues his battle with brain cancer, hailed Kavanaugh's impeccable credentials in a statement on Monday.

Barrett, confirmed to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, has faced opposition by abortion rights groups because she has called Roe v. Wade an erroneous decision.

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