Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Ross Houston
July 10, 2018

In fact, Trump's pick was said to have the "inside track" from the get-go, thanks to his D.C. connections.

But since Heller, the supreme court has largely avoided clarifying the scope of the second amendment, declining to hear challenges to stricter gun control laws, including state-level assault weapon bans, or laws in more liberal states like California and New Jersey which make it extremely hard for citizens to get permits to carry guns in public.

Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

After lots of anticipation and the drawing of battle lines between aisles of Congress, the President went on prime time last night to point from the podium at conservative-approved Judge Brett Kavanaugh and're NOMINATED. He also played a lead role in drafting Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's 1998 report on Bill Clinton. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

On the appeals court, he's voted to strike down environmental regulations and said he would have overturned internet regulations issued while Barack Obama was president.

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

Kirsten Gillibrand said Kavanaugh must "not become the next justice" and that it "will take all of us" to fight against him.

Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Regardless of his choice, it's likely that the closely divided Senate will be holding a momentous confirmation vote just weeks before the midterm election.

When the court ruled in her favour, he denounced the decision "as novel as it is wrong" saying it gave rights to unlawful immigrant minors to 'obtain immediate abortion on demand'. "This is partially due to the cases it has been asked to decide, such as the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and it is partially due to the divided nature of American politics".

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R): "Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive tenure of service, as a jurist and as a clerk at the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh will be on Capitol Hill Monday, meeting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice. Trump has said he would appoint a justice who would reverse Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 case that granted women in the United States the right to have abortions across the country.

Senator Chris Murphy, a gun control champion who represents the CT families whose children were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, called Kavanaugh "a true Second Amendment radical" who "believes assault weapon bans are unconstitutional, a position way out of the judicial mainstream". It could also create a lasting majority.

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.

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