Chuck Todd: Judge Brett Kavanaugh 'Very Confirmable Pick'

Chuck Todd: Judge Brett Kavanaugh 'Very Confirmable Pick'

Chuck Todd: Judge Brett Kavanaugh 'Very Confirmable Pick'

A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and for judges on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who once held a court seat open for almost a year before the 2016 election to keep President Barack Obama from filling it, lambasted Democrats for announcing their opposition before Trump had decided on a nominee.

President Trump announced his pick in a widely anticipated address to the nation from the White House Monday evening.

Judge Kavanaugh has argued for an expansive view of presidential power - an approach that could hamstring the sprawling federal investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion by the Trump campaign, helping to undermine the rule of law at a crucial time. "No president has ever consulted more or widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination".

Kennedy long served as the tie-breaking swing vote between the Supreme Court's conservatives and liberals, and his departure handed Trump an opportunity to place a decidedly conservative stamp on the bench.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices. Kavanaugh also worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

US President Donald Trump faces a strong fight from Democrats, who say they'll oppose his nomination for the new Supreme Court justice.

Confirmation proceedings are next, and conservatives are already going all-in to usher Trump's nominee across the finish line.

Republicans occupy 51 Senate seats.

Only a few Republicans and a handful of Democrats are likely in play in the closely divided Senate.

"No Senator who cares about protecting equality or justice can support Brett Kavanaugh". At the top of that list is abortion.

Trump past year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

President Donald Trump announced Monday night his nomination to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court.

Last year, Trump picked Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia. The president spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies.

"Ever mindful of his self-interest, Trump has picked Brett Kavanaugh, who once wrote that he didn't believe a sitting President should be subject to criminal investigation or prosecution", Levin tweeted. This year he chose a former law clerk to Justice Kennedy in Brett Kavanaugh. The report outlined in broad detail grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Trump SCOTUS team has looked at Kavanaugh's past comments on indicting a sitting president, we've confirmed.

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