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Trump picks conservative judge Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

Trump picks conservative judge Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

Mr Bush nominated Mr Kavanaugh then to the DC circuit, but Democratic opposition delayed the confirmation for three years. "She has made clear - as she said to the President in person two weeks ago - that she considers fully vetting Supreme Court nominees one of the most important jobs of any US senator, and she plans to fulfill that critical duty".

At Monday night's announcement in the East Room, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, said: "Mr President, thank you".

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.

"Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Surpeme Court", Trump said. The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large. "A judge must be independent, must interpret the law, not make the law, must interpret statutes as written, and must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations.

Trump has reportedly narrowed the pool of candidates to four federal appeals court judges. The pick will fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

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Sources have told NPR that those four finalists are all USA appeals court judges; Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh was considered one of the most likely choices to receive the nomination, though judges like Raymond Kethledge, Thomas Hardiman, and Amy Coney Barrett were also reported to have been up for consideration.

But his supporters note his experience and a wide range of legal opinions. Ms Coulter challenged Democrats on the issue ahead of the midterm elections in November.

"In the old days, the president would consult with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate on a qualified judge and after careful deliberation, nominate a jurist that could get support", Schumer added.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that delaying Trump's nominee as a Democratic bloc is even more important than the reelection hopes of vulnerable red-state senators struggling to retain their seats by supporting the nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Rand Paul of Kentucky had expressed concerns but tweeted that he looked forward to meeting with Kavanaugh "with an open mind".

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Trump indeed said during the 2016 campaign that he would put "pro-life justices on the court", thrilling his grassroots base although polls show most Americans support abortion rights.

Kavanaugh, who Illinois Democratic Sen.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin. For lawmakers who are not on the Judiciary Committee, it may be their only chance to talk with the nominee personally before a final vote.

Hirono's comments come in contrast to what other Senate Democrats have said of the nominee. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.

Meanwhile, the Senate's top Democrat wasted no time in sharing his displeasure at Trump's choice to replace Justice Kennedy.

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