Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court Nominee?

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The nominee announcement came after weeks of speculation as to who would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, after almost 30 years on the bench.

Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale.

"One of the few women prosecutors at that time, she overcame barriers and became a trial judge".

He is a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he participated in the confirmation of four justices. He launched a career that veered into Washington politics, including work on President George W. Bush's legal team for the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida. Kavanaugh later worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton. "And somebody who is conservative but also is willing to look at the law in a non-judgemental way, like Judge Gorsuch", she said.

Some conservatives lobbied against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. could mean he'll be the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. The judge, who has authored more than 300 opinions, has also written fairly extensively about presidential authority and the separation of powers.

Kavanaugh, for example, was recommended to Trump by Leonard Leo of The Federalist Society, a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers that has served as a pipeline for Trump's judicial nominees. "He is widely admired for his intellect, experience and exemplary judicial temperament", he said. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee.

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Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

The Utah Republican said Monday of Barrett: "I don't think she's going to be the one who's chosen this time".

Judge Kavanaugh said he would begin meetings with senators on Tuesday. He served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President. President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland in March 2016, but the Republican-controlled Senate did not take up the nomination.

Trump is said to have apparently lost interest in Kethledge.

Kavanaugh, 53, is likely to sit on the bench for decades and make crucial decisions on issues of abortion, gay rights, gun rights, healthcare and immigration. And that is not even the most important case on abortion rights.

Kavanaugh went on to say that if he's confirmed, he "will keep an open mind in every case" and "always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law".

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Red-state Democrats aren't just feeling heat from the right. One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Kennedy is a conservative who often served as a swing vote, and activists on both side of the abortion debate have been discussing whether his successor might help overturn Roe v. Wade. A Ronald Reagan nominee, Kennedy joined the high court in February 1988.

Kavanaugh thanked Trump for nominating him and expressed gratitude at the prospect of sitting where Kennedy did.

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Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line". Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court's remaining Republican appointees.

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