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Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court position
11 July 2018, 01:48 | Darnell Patrick
Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
Of course, the President put on a show for the cameras, materializing before a national TV audience Monday night at the White House to end a selection process he had spooled out for almost two weeks. But, the officials said, McConnell did note that Hardiman and Kethledge could fare well in the Senate because their reputations and records were not as politically charged as others on the president's shortlist of nominees.
Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Kennedy was generally perceived as the Court's center, serving as the key swing vote in 5-4 cases that otherwise split the Court's four liberal and four conservative justices. "The nomination comes at a time when that choice is fraught and consequential in ways that have never applied to any other USA president, ever".
Kavanaugh, a favorite of the GOP establishment, first huddled with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of Kennedy, for whom he clerked.
He admitted that he didn't know much about Kavanaugh, who he called a "cover model for generic dads monthly".
As of Tuesday night, more than 200 students, staff members and alumni of Yale Law School signed an open letter calling for the institution to rescind its apparent support of Kavanaugh.
Still, with his eye, as ever on ratings, Trump did not let it be known until mid-afternoon on Monday that he had made up his mind.
But Democrats in the Senate and liberals in the outside groups have called for a higher standard, saying such commitments can no longer be trusted given Trump's judicial selection process. None of them showed up.
Trump's pick will need to be confirmed by the Senate and can expect opposition from Democratic lawmakers.
Trump is facing a lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who said that he groped and kissed her.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats were already pushing a coordinated message against Kavanaugh as an unacceptable choice on both policy and political grounds. His wife, Ashley Estes, served as personal secretary to George W. Bush. The Supreme Court decision not to do so led to Bush becoming the president.
By now the White House Supreme Court pick rollout machine is well oiled.
For a dozen years, Kavanaugh has been a judge on the powerful D.C. Court of Appeals, the court that handles many government-related cases and is the last stop before the Supreme Court for major constitutional issues.
Before Kavanaugh even arrived at the Capitol Tuesday, Senate leaders were at loggerheads over his nomination.
Later in the evening protestors outside the Supreme Court chanted "Hey, hey, no no, Brett Kavanaugh must go".
As Trump approached the podium, Hannity said The Associated Press had reported that Kavanaugh was the choice.
Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right.
Also, they might win the House of Representatives this November.
Over on MSNBC, Maddow's coverage looked markedly different, with discussions of the successful Republican effort to block a vote on President Barack Obama 's last Supreme Court nominee, and the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's contact with Russian Federation.
The letter cited several of Kavanaugh's past opinions, arguing that his conservative bias would place past Supreme Court rulings at risk.
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