Kavanaugh told the president as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me". "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".
Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, says it's "extremely disappointing" that some Democrats have made clear they'll oppose the nominee even before the president announces his choice.
University of Minnesota Professor Timothy R. Johnson, who has published books on the Supreme Court, weighed in on the major announcement.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice". Kavanaugh noted that it was his mother-a former public school teacher who went to law school and became a judge-who inspired him to follow in her lawyering footsteps and will always be the only "Judge Kavanaugh" in his mind. President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland in March 2016, but the Republican-controlled Senate did not take up the nomination.
All three released statements that focused on their willingness to fully vet the nominee.
Alabamians will be hearing a lot about Kavanaugh in the coming days.
The ad will be a bio spot about Kavanaugh, JCN said Monday night.
Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump a year ago, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices.
The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.
Kavanaugh thanked the president, praising him as the most diligent in searching for excellent judges.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh could solidify a conservative majority on the court for decades and with it likely advance efforts to strip power from regulatory agencies, slow the expansion of gay rights, strengthen gun rights, and, Democrats warn, open the door for states to chip away at access to abortions.
"For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with great distinction, authoring 300 opinions, which have been widely admired for their skill, insight and rigorous adherence to the law", Trump said as Kavanaugh stood nearby with his wife and their two daughters in the East Room of the White House.
A senior White House official says President Donald Trump intends to nominate influential conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as he seeks to shift the balance of the court further to the right.
Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks.
"Thrilled tonight with @realdonaldtrump's pick for the United States Supreme Court", Rogers posted on Twitter. "Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said they will hold a confirmation vote this fall.
A native of Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh attended Yale for both his undergraduate and law degrees, graduating law school cum laude in 1990. "I'll interpret the law as written. 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".
Companies that supported the regulation, including Honeywell International Inc (HON.N), last month filed court papers asking the Supreme Court to reinstate it.
"We look forward to supporting Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process".
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