Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while not arguing against Kavanaugh on the merits, has spoken to the White House about the volume of material from the judge's career that would need to be pored through, potentially bogging down the confirmation, according to people familiar with the process.

President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was met with swift partisan response from many in Congress, emphasizing the power of a narrow group of uncommitted senators. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and served as a clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy. He is an excellent judge-and will make a great Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States-because he is restrained, brilliant, humble, competent and very much committed to the Constitution.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five. The framers established that the constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty.

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003.

Before a full vote on the chamber floor, the prospective justice will be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that can go on for days. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

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Mr Kavanaugh is a federal appellate judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

His appointment will not change the ideological tilt of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but he could nevertheless shift the bench further right.

Broadcast networks scrambled to clear room on their primetime schedules at 9 PM in order to cover Trump's announcement, ABC interrupting summer reality TV workhorse The Bachelorette, to carry Survivor: Scotus. The Senate needs just a simple majority - or 51 votes - to confirm Supreme Court nominees.

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

The White House said Monday that former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

A right-leaning Supreme Court would be one of Trump's lasting legacies and highly prized gift to his conservative base after he past year delivered his first Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch.

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Trump has expressed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

Historically, conservative activists have used the courts to galvanize voters.

Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would fight Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything I have", highlighting issues of healthcare and women's rights. In her statement, she said President Trump's nomination was a "destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color and families" and that it was to "radically reverse the course of American justice and democracy".

Outside groups on both sides of the debate over abortion rights immediately issued predictions about what the nomination would mean for the future of Roe v. Wade.

The high court handed Trump and his administration a series of victories in its term that ended on the day of Kennedy's retirement, including a major decision upholding the president's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".

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Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin several days after he stops in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. He reiterated his plans to push fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to devote more of their budgets to defence.

It may not also be his last, with liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg 85-years-old and Stephen Breyer turning 80 next month.

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