President Trump saves Supreme Court announcement for prime time

President Trump saves Supreme Court announcement for prime time

Nearly minutes after President Donald Trump announced he would pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged to fight the nomination.

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

US President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising confirmation battle.

- President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nomination on Monday, but opposition by Democratic lawmakers was loud and clear on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington.

While on the D.C. Circuit, the judge ruled against upholding the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, upheld prayer before a presidential inauguration and said a court can begin sessions with "God save the United States and this honorable court".

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"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 previous year, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room. Trump is expected on Monday to announce his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. During his presidential campaign, Trump named several potential Supreme Court nominees created to fit the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.

This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the USA for a generation after he leaves office. Heidi Heitkamp - voted "yes" on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. The Senate needs just a simple majority - or 51 votes - to confirm Supreme Court nominees. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Many senators, including Capito, said the nomination process should wait until after the election.

Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights. "I look forward to meeting with the nominee and reviewing their judicial record to ensure we are putting the most qualified justice on the highest court to defend the United States Constitution".

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"Senators should meet with him, we should debate his qualifications on the Senate floor and cast whatever vote we believe he deserves", said Manchin.

Mr. Walker also said the judge is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, dissenting in a case where he argued that originalism and the Supreme Court's precedent suggest Americans have the right to own a semi-automatic rifle.

Vice President Mike Pence was quick to congratulate Judge Kavanaugh, calling him a man of "great integrity, intellect and reverence for the laws". He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

"President Trump made an excellent decision", Fox said.

As promised, Trump made his pick from a list of more than two dozen potential nominees drawn up with the help from conservative legal activists at The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation. Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen.

Montana Sen. Steve Daines said Kavanaugh had an "impressive background".

Given the current breakdown of the U.S. Senate, however, Kavanaugh's confirmation may be hard to achieve.

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.

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