Casey to Oppose Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

Casey to Oppose Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

"I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States supreme court", Trump said. "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be be replacing his old boss; like Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy back in the day. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a US appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

"Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court", Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, said Monday.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh started his career as an associate counsel with special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, where he helped draft the report that recommended Clinton should be impeached for having an extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations. "With this nominee, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise of nominating justices who are hostile to women's reproductive rights".

The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace a frequent swing vote on the bench, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often sided with his liberal colleagues on issues such as abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights. Those who would limit or end abortion praised the choice, while those who aim to expand and preserve abortion rights were critical. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

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With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement.

Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.

Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.

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The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights. Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor". Reporter: "How many people are you deciding between now?"

Trump's nom was unveiled in the White House's East Room, picking from his short list provided by right-wing Federalist Society.

He has joined with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito to serve as judges in mock trials to benefit the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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