President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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"Several of Judge Kavanaugh's most important ideas and arguments - such as his powerful defense of presidential authority to oversee federal bureaucrats and his skepticism about newfangled attacks on the property rights of criminal defendants - have found their way into Supreme Court opinions", Amar wrote.

President Donald Trump on Monday announced his choice to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Unlike Kennedy, who was seen as the swing vote on the court tilting the balance one or the way as the rest eight were split equally between conservatives and liberals, Kavanaugh is expected to tilt the balance in the court in favor of conservatives decidedly and for a long time.

Kavanaugh has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record since 2006 on the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the same court where three current justices including Chief Justice John Roberts previously served.

Judge Kavanaugh, who is married with two daughters, served as a senior White House official under the George W Bush presidency before he was nominated to the appeals court in 2003.

Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

Trump said that Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" and is "universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.

"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".

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court past year, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room.

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

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices. According to his biography, Kavanaugh worked with Starr from 1994 to 1997, and was the co-author of the Starr Report, which detailed President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and laid out the case for his impeachment.

A confirmation for Judge Kavanaugh would mean "women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court", he added.

Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination before it goes to a vote before the full Senate, echoed McConnell's sentiments, calling him a "superb mainstream candidate worthy of the Senate's consideration".

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.

"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said.

What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right.

There's buzz that he has plans to gut Roe V. Wade.

That is one reason many Democrats are demanding an all-out battle to block Trump's nominee.

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