Pres. Trump announces pick for Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump listens as Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee speaks in the East Room of the White House Monday

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Congrats are in order for federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, as President Donald Trump has selected him as his Supreme Court Justice nominee on July 9. Reporters saw Kavanaugh leave the U.S. District Court of Appeals earlier in the day in what seemed to be a White House motorcade.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said of Kavanaugh during Monday night's prime-time television announcement from the White House East Room.

Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades". It was Scalia's death in 2016, and the Republican blockade that followed, that created the vacancy for Trump to nominate a year ago Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The finalists are believed to be four federal judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an very bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.

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"I propose that the Democrats offer the following compromise: Each Senate Democrat will pledge either to vote yes for Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation - or, if voting no, to first publicly name at least two clearly better candidates whom a Republican president might realistically have nominated instead (not an easy task)", Amar wrote. Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

There's buzz that he has plans to gut Roe V. Wade. Kavanaugh said he would start meeting senators on Tuesday.

With Republicans hoping to confirm a justice before the court resumes its session in October, as well as prior to the upcoming midterm congressional election in November, many perceived the timing as critical.

Trump vowed during the campaign to appoint justices who would vote to overturn Roe, the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, and his appointment to replace Kennedy could make that a reality. "Trump did not move too fast in naming a nominee", said Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch past year. He served for two years as Senior Associate Counsel and Associate Counsel to the President.

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