Just minutes after President Donald Trump announced he'd nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court on Monday night, the fight for his confirmation began, a bruising showdown that will test the resolve of both parties to stay united and will ultimately reshape the Supreme Court for decades to come.
He expressed fear that the treatment of Kavanaugh will resemble the treatment given to Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination was demonized and blocked by Senate Democrats in 1987 and ultimately paved the way for Kennedy's occupancy on the Supreme Court.
Abortion is expected to be a key point in the nomination battle, with Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh giving the court a solid 5-4 conservative majority that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized women's privacy and reproductive rights. Kavanaugh became Trump's second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his 18 months in office.
Later he was part of Bush's legal team in working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush winning the presidency.
"He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".
Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.
Kavanaugh has served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice. Kavanaugh, 53, could reasonably be expected to serve three decades on the high court.
Trump's other leading candidates for the post were fellow federal appellate judges Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett. But she added that other issues also would come into play for her, including "judicial temperament" and "judicial philosophy". "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". His record shows Judge Kavanaugh will apply the U.S. Constitution as written and intended by our Founding Fathers. Here are six fast facts about this well-connected nominee to the Supreme Court.
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Last October, he was on a panel of judges that issued an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained in Texas by US authorities from immediately obtaining an abortion.
But it will galvanize Democrats and Republicans in the months before the midterm elections.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME is one of two Republican senators who support abortion rights and is facing pressure from the left to oppose Kavanaugh. They can't afford to lose one vote over this nomination fight.
The Democratic senator is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week. If he is confirmed, it will mark the first time ever that a current or former Supreme Court justice has two former clerks become justices, according to an article by Adam Feldman, who writes a blog about the Supreme Court.
Trump a year ago appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Protesters have filled the steps of the Supreme Court in recent days. In just two cases this year, the court's radical conservatives limited the ability of workers to join together to file class actions lawsuits to redress workplace grievances such as wage theft and forbid members of labor unions from collecting fair share fees from public sector workers who choose not to join but who the union is required to represent.
JOB HISTORY: 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.