Brett Kavanaugh: Everything you need to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick

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He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of Kennedy, for whom he clerked. The court could also be called upon to render judgment on issues of personal significance to Trump and his administration including matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation and several civil lawsuits pending against Trump.

"Judge Kavanaugh has consistently proven to be a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist".

As a judge, Kavanaugh has tended to generally align with the constitutionalist line of thinking, however some conservative critics have expressed skepticism over some of Kavanaugh's cases, most notably a 2011 case that ruled that the Obamacare individual mandate was a tax.

The president's decision could have big implications for decades to come, as it will lock in a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. The Democrats and progressive groups have already announced their opposition to his nomination.

"Sen. Heitkamp was invited but isn't able to attend tonight", her spokesperson said in a statement. Judge Kavanaugh has been an Appeals Court judge for twelve years here.

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In the late 1990s, Kavanaugh played a lead role in the aggressive investigation of President Bill Clinton led by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr. "He has served twelve years on the nation's most consequential circuit court". In December, the FCC repealed net neutrality. Other top contenders included Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

"Make no mistake about it, Justice Kennedy himself was quite conservative". "No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress".

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. Those Trump-voting states are all home to Democratic senators who will face intense pressure to support the President's nominee. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court.

On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives. However, Trump told Fox Business Network he would "probably not" ask candidates specifically about the case.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices.

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