"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said as he announced his much-anticipated decision in a prime-time address from the White House.
The source described Kavanaugh now as "a little risky" because of that, "and - perhaps, in the end - too establishment for DJT [Donald J. Trump]".
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Like Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy. If Kavanaugh proves to be strongly anti-Roe, it's possible the Supreme Court could overturn the decision, allowing states to outlaw abortion once again.
President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written".
President Donald Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. "This is a huge win for President Trump", Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said in a statement.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, about news reports of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contact with Russia's ambassador to the USA during the presidential campaign.
Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", saying he is "considered a judge's judge and a true thought leader among his peers".
McConnell's office has stressed that it took about two months each to get Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Gorsuch through, and they warn Kavanaugh's background and work in Washington could slow confirmation.
The stakes are sky high for filling the opening created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement.
MCCAMMON: At the same time, as I said, you know, Barrett's very popular with religious conservatives. He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators.
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. But it's likely that supporters of abortion rights are still wondering about this issue.
Earlier, Trump had announced he had narrowed his choice to several contenders, building anticipation for the announcement, which generated criticism.
He also has expressed a broad interpretation of what constitutes obstruction of justice, a position which could be risky if the Russian Federation investigation leads to impeachable allegations against Trump.
"In keeping with President Reagan's legacy, I do not ask about a nominee's personal opinions".
Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director at the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, says, "It's something that's viewed across the Republican and libertarian base as a huge accomplishment".
Kavanaugh's record will come under particular scrutiny for clues as to how he might vote in any future review of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion.
But the president has also been impressed by Kavanaugh, the most experienced judge on the list, having penned almost 300 decisions on the second-most-powerful court in the country; as well as Barrett, a devout Catholic, who has become a hero of religious conservatives after having her membership in a conservative religious organization questioned by Sen. He laid out the legal framework supporting Clinton's impeachment for his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
"He swung to the other side on the question of gay rights and abortion, and those are the particular issues that concern those on the left".
Barrett, confirmed to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, has faced opposition by abortion rights groups because she has called Roe v. Wade an erroneous decision.
Kavanaugh was a favorite of some high-profile boosters, inside and outside the White House, but his stock has fallen off since Friday for a couple reasons: his ties to former President George W. Bush and the potential difficulty in getting him confirmed. He graduated from Yale Law School and served as a clerk for Justice Kennedy in 1993.