Donald Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Donald Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because he was "worried" about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and knew the judge would be a "barrier" to the investigation.

"Most notably he ruled the CFPB's structure was unconstitutional in 2016 - a position cheered on by Wall Street and conservative activists but soundly rejected by his colleagues on the D.C. Circuit Court who reversed his decision". Joe Biden (D) first recited during the George H.W. Bush administration, calling for no nominations to be considered in a presidential election year.

If he takes a seat on the Supreme Court, his vote could weaken consumer protections and favor expanded corporate rights, say pro-consumer advocates.

Over the weekend, it looked like Judge Kavanaugh's star may have been fading, that perhaps he had too-close ties to the Bush family for Mr Trump's liking.

Trump has vowed to put justices on the court and overturn Roe v Wade.

The White House is hoping the Senate moves quickly to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November threaten to unfurl the narrow Republican majority in the chamber and nix the precious leverage the GOP holds over some red state Democrats up for reelection in 2018. "But Kennedy, in leaving the impression with Trump that Kavanaugh would be a great candidate for the job, helped the president make up his mind".

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence. "The majority's decision represents a radical extension of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence", he complained, suggesting that noncitizens - who are very much entitled to the auspices of the Constitution, even when in custody - aren't entitled "to obtain immediate abortion on demand". In 2003, he served as Assistant to the President as the White House Staff Secretary, according to SCOTUS Blog.

Signalling 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'.

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Johnson's resignation was more perilous for May given his seniority in government. If she refuses to change course, she could face a leadership challenge.

Kavanaugh also wrote a law review article in 2009, arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

Trump praised his record when he nominated him: 'Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law'. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

JCN played an active role in opposing the 2016 candidacy of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court - a nomination that died during the final months of the Obama presidency - and supported the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court previous year. Kavanaugh went to Yale and Yale Law School; every other justice now serving on the high court got his or her law degree either from Yale or from Harvard.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be be replacing his old boss; like Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy back in the day.

In an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo following the announcement about Justice Kennedy, Trump was pressed on his view of abortion and whether such restrictions should be decided on a state by state basis.

For gun control advocates, Kavanaugh's past legal arguments are especially troubling because of his view that "judges can't consider public safety considerations when they're looking at the constitutionality of gun laws".

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

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