George W. Bush Praises Nomination of Kavanaugh for Supreme Court: ‘Outstanding Decision’

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"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguard of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81.

Hardiman, a runner-up when Trump chose Neil Gorsuch as his high court nominee a year ago, received a wave of new attention in the weekend discussions, according to two people briefed on the matter but not authorized to speak publicly about it.

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said Monday night as he introduced Kavanaugh at the White House.

Additionally, Kavanaugh wrote a 2009 law article arguing that presidents should be exempt from certain lawsuits and investigations that "would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis". This will constitute the most conservative bloc of justices since the early years of the Roosevelt administration, when a hidebound group of justices struck down crucial pieces of New Deal legislation created to ease the suffering of millions during the Great Depression.

"I'm grateful to you and humbled by your confidence in me", Kavan?augh said to the President during the prime-time press conference. "The Senate should quickly confirm President Trump's well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court". But if Kavanaugh is Trump's choice, he likely would step away from pending cases.

A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the body's No. 2 Democrat, said Sunday on NBC.

Many Senate Democrats said they plan to oppose Trump's nominee, saying his finalists tend to favor corporations over people and are hostile to abortion rights and other matters of privacy. They are hoping to persuade Republican Senate moderates to vote against Kavanaugh.

Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend.

While Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing will take place in the fall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already warned Trump that his nominee might have a hard confirmation battle over the other shortlisted candidates.

Some Republican senators had favored other options. In particular, Kavanaugh will focus intense scrutiny on the claims of the administrative state, including its propensity to move at the speed of "bureaucracy standard time".

On the appeals court, he's voted to strike down environmental regulations and said he would have overturned internet regulations issued while Barack Obama was president. Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester, said Congress should vet the nominee according to its requirements. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year.

Two female Republican senators - Maine Sen. Last week, Collins said "I would not support a nominee who would demonstrate hostility to Roe v. Wade". Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty. At the top of that list is abortion.

Perhaps the most intense issue that advocacy groups will focus on during the contested confirmation hearings to follow will be whether Kavanaugh may vote to overturn the seminal 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that ruled that the right to abortion was constitutionally protected.

Kethledge also has supporters. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

Judge Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and has excellent conservative credentials. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

In 2000, Kavanaugh helped the Bush campaign cinch the Presidency by working on behalf of Bush in the Florida recount.

Kethledge, 51, has served on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008 after also being appointed by Bush. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch.

  • Leroy Wright