WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
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After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, Trump decided on the federal appeals judge for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to the right. Trump chose Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
With customary fanfare, Trump planned to unveil his choice on prime-time TV. His final options were all young federal judges who could help remake the court for decades to come with precedent-shattering rulings on issues such as abortion, guns and health care. Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is currently a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia.
Trump introduced his Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh as “a judge’s judge” and cited his “proven commitment to equal justice under the law.” Trump announced Kavanaugh as his pick Monday night on prime-time television.
The 53-year-old Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican establishment. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton. Kavanaugh also worked in the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency. Trump says Kavanaugh has “impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications.” Trump made the announcement in the East Room of the White House and rousing applause broke out as Kavanaugh entered with his wife and two daughters.
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NAME: Brett M. Kavanaugh.
AGE-BIRTHDATE: 53, Feb. 12, 1965.
BIRTHPLACE: Washington, D.C.
EDUCATION: B.A., Yale University, 1987; J.D., Yale Law School, 1990.
CURRENT JOB: Since 2006: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
2003-06: Staff secretary to President George W. Bush
2001-03: White House counsel’s office
1999-2001, 1997-98: partner, Kirkland and Ellis law firm
1998, 1994-97: associate counsel, Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr
1993-94: law clerk, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
1992-93: Office of Solicitor General
1991-92: law clerk, Judge Alex Kozinski
1990-91: law clerk, Judge Walter Stapleton.
FAMILY: Wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh; two daughters.
QUOTE: “To be sure, the constitutional text does not …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Politics