President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Observers believe if Special Counsel Robert Mueller tries to compel the president to testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation, or even bring charges against the president, the issue will go all the way to the Supreme Court, which could return to its 5-4 conservative majority if Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Kavanaugh, 53, is likely to sit on the bench for decades and make crucial decisions on issues of abortion, gay rights, gun rights, healthcare and immigration. While there is certain to be biased and vitriolic political attacks directed at this nominee, we believe Judge Kavanaugh's character, experience, and judicial temperament will be well received by the American people.

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said he expects Kavanaugh to be in place by October 1, when the court's next term formally opens, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote to confirm Kennedy's successor in the fall. He is a Yale Law School graduate.

On the appeal court, Kavanaugh has voted to strike down environmental regulations and said he would have overturned internet regulations issued while Barack Obama was president.

Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials. "Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court", Trump said in a prime-time address to the nation before handing over the podium to the young judge to sell his nomination. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.

He dissented from a ruling that let an undocumented immigrant teenager get an abortion while in federal custody. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added, saying his nominee "deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support".

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is a member of the Democratic Party that is expected to provide the resistance to Trump's pick in the Senate's confirmation process.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president.

Recently, he said he wouldn't ask any potential nominees about Roe during interviews.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch previous year.

Kennedy has always been a swing vote to in favour of abortion rights. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice.

Kennedy cast the pivotal vote to uphold Roe in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision. "Substantively, a debate continues to bubble about whether a Supreme Court nominee's judicial philosophy is a fair basis for inquiry by the Senate (and for voting against a nomination), or whether the confirmation process should focus only on whether a nominee meets objective criteria pertaining to qualifications, temperament, ethical propriety, and the like", he wrote.

It could also create a lasting majority.