While the White House was successful for the most part in keeping President Donald Trump's SCOTUS pick under wraps for the past two weeks, Trump was essentially decided on his nominee after Justice Anthony Kennedy told him he would retire in a meeting, Politico reported.
During a hearing on his nomination to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh declined to give his personal opinion on Roe v Wade, saying only that he would uphold the Supreme Court's current decision on the case. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service". Brett's mother Martha Gamble served as a Maryland state Circuit Court Judge from 1995 to 2001.
A senior White House aide under Bush, he previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. It was ruled a suicide, but conspiracy theorists were not so certain.
Kavanaugh's selection was met with predictable reaction from both Republicans and Democrats. "This is a nominee who wants to pave the path to tyranny".
The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.
Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups. He noted that he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he was hired by former dean Elena Kagan, appointed by Obama to the Supreme Court in 2010. Within the next year, the Supreme Court will not only evaluate the future of health care access, voting rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, labor rights, and our environment, it may decide the president's guilt or innocence in the Mueller investigation.
FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group, issued a statement applauding Trump for choosing Judge Kavanaugh. When I was 10, she went to law school and became a prosecutor.
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Kavanaugh said the "radical" majority had essentially created a "constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case".
"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare", Manchin said. The Judicial Crisis Network said Monday night it is launching "Confirm Kavanaugh" - a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital platforms in Alabama as well as Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D): "Brett Kavanaugh is a far-right choice to sit on our nation's highest court".
Kavanaugh has shown conservative credentials on social issues ranging from gun rights to abortion cases. The judge indicated that on the high court he would faithfully interpret the Constitution as it is written, providing an unsurprising nod to originalism. During that time, he developed broad views on executive power.
In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing.