US News Trump picks conservative Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

05:40  10 july  2018
05:40  10 july  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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By Lawrence Hurley. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court , picking a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle and helped investigate

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Donald Trump has chosen federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has been nominated to replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June at the age of 81.

The US president said Judge Kavanaugh was known for having a "proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles next to U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington © Reuters Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles next to U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington He added: "Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers".

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President Donald Trump has announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the US Supreme Court , picking a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle.

The DC appeals court judge, 53, worked for Ken Starr’s Bill Clinton inquiry and George W Bush’s White House.

Judge Kavanaugh, who is married with two daughters, served as a senior White House official under the George W Bush presidency before he was nominated to the appeals court in 2003.

It took three years before the Senate voted to confirm him for that role, however.

He also worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated then president Bill Clinton but in 2009 he was reported as saying that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

Judge Kavanaugh now faces what could be a difficult fight for confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans hold only a slim majority.

President Donald Trump introduces US Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court © Getty President Donald Trump introduces US Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court Speaking after his nomination, Judge Kavanaugh said: "If confirmed I will keep an open mind in every case and will always strive to preserve the constitution of the United States and the American rule of law."

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President Donald Trump on Monday announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the US Supreme Court , picking a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle and helped investigate Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh , a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court

If confirmed, he is expected to be a reliable conservative vote who could weaken abortion rights, bolster support for capital punishment and curtail the power of regulatory agencies.

The Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would fight the nomination "with everything I have".

A confirmation for Judge Kavanaugh would mean "women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court", he added.

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