The president added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving".
Trump made his final decision to nominate Kavanaugh on Sunday night. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read. He followed a one-year fellowship in the office of U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr with a clerkship for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The 53-year-old Kavanaugh was even born inside the Beltway and has lived there virtually his entire life. President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland in March 2016, but the Republican-controlled Senate did not take up the nomination.
"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Mr. The red-state senators' support for Kavanaugh could dampen the Democratic Party's anti-Trump enthusiasm and, as a result, reduce voter turnout in the congressional elections. But with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., out battling cancer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is effectively working with a one-vote majority.
Some Republican senators had favored other options. "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case".
Track record: Barrett's recent ascension to the appeals court means she does not have the long, conservative record that lawmakers on the right find reassuring.
Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen.
Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving them a prominent platform to oppose Trump's pick. In that decision, Kethledge accepted the assertions of Border Patrol agents that in using the terms "wets" and "tonks", they were referring to undocumented persons generally and not to Hispanics specifically. Both legislators support abortion rights.
Legal experts say his work on the D.C. Circuit bolsters his conservative credentials, but it also gives Democrats plenty of fodder on controversial topics in the looming confirmation fight such as a woman's access to abortion, gun rights, consumer protections and environmental regulations. At the top of that list is abortion. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor, (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale). Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". "You can't go wrong". "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written". That view has particular relevance as special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign played any role in a foreign interference plot.
"His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act".
Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. But he has a comparatively thin record of judicial opinions and some conservatives have voiced concerns that he could turn out to be similar to Justice David Souter, who was appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush but sometimes sided with the court's liberals.