Published On: Tue, Jul 10th, 2018

President Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on Supreme Court

President Trump nominates D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vacancy on the Supreme Court.

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Kavanaugh supporters claim he brings a pragmatic approach to judging, appling principles of textualism and originalism espoused by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

President George W. Bush first nominated Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit on July 25, 2003 and he was eventually confirmed by the Senate on May 26, 2006, by a vote of 57-36.
After graduating from Yale College in 1987 and Yale Law School in 1990, Kavanaugh spent two years as a law clerk for Judge Walter Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
He followed a one-year fellowship in the office of U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr with a clerkship for Justice Anthony Kennedy during October Term 1993.
Kavanaugh went on to join Starr at the Office of the Independent Counsel, where Kavanaugh led the investigation into the death of Vince Foster, an aide to President Bill Clinton, and helped write the 1998 Starr Report to Congress, which outlined 11 grounds for Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh was later a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where he specialized in appellate law. He moved to the White House after President George W. Bush was elected and worked in the West Wing for five years, first as a counsel to the president and then as staff secretary to the president.
“President Trump’s nominee of Brett Kavanaugh for the critical vacancy on the Supreme Court could shape America’s legal landscape for decades,” said Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “Judge Kavanaugh has a distinguished legal career and is committed to interpreting the text and original meaning of the Constitution and statutes. Judges must be bound to the text and original meaning of the law. This simple judicial constraint will prevent the Supreme Court and any court from bending the law to support personal ideologies. The Supreme Court needs to remove itself from political decision-making and personal preferences,” said Staver.
“Any judge or justice should interpret the Constitution faithfully and according to the intent of the Founders who wrote it,” Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris. “The president promised to appoint justices committed to doing just that, and we’re hopeful Judge Kavanaugh shares that commitment. While ADF doesn’t take a position on the merits of Supreme Court nominees, we, like most Americans, believe that respecting the Constitution in this way is essential to protect our precious freedoms, including our first freedom—the right to peacefully live and work consistently with one’s religious beliefs.”
Texas Right to Life spoke out on the selection:
President Trump’s nomination is consistent with his previous statements in favor of appointing a Pro-Life justice who would contribute to overturning Roe v. Wade.  At the beginning of his term in office, Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is known as a strong Pro-Life defender of the rights of hospitalized patients.  President Trump’s announcement of another strongly Pro-Life nominee comes after several senators, including Texas’ own John Cornyn, voiced criticism to nominating a judge who would clearly overturn Roe v. Wade.
SCOTUS will likely rule on several cases related to Pro-Life legislation, including Texas’ life-saving Dismemberment Abortion Ban.  This law, passed as Texas Right to Life’s top legislative priority in 2017, protects preborn babies from the barbaric abortion procedure in which the living child is ripped limb-from-limb while his or her heart is still beating.  Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton, the abortion lobby’s case challenging the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, is currently being considered in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Following appeal, this case is expected to be argued before the Supreme Court and the court’s newest justice.

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The other side of the aisle are not happy with Trump’s selection, this from Karl Frisch, executive director of consumer advocacy organization Allied Progress:

“Judge Kavanaugh has been a reckless and partisan jurist who has always seemed more interested in pleasing Wall Street and the conservative political establishment than he has in defending the constitution.  He would be a disaster for consumers and the CFPB if confirmed to the Supreme Court.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta: “Trump SCOTUS team has looked at Kavanaugh’s past comments on indicting a sitting president, we’ve confirmed. In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote: “The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government…”
From Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “Brett Kavanaugh’s record as a judge and lawyer is clear: hostile to health care for millions, opposed to the CFPB & corporate accountability, thinks Presidents like Trump are above the law – and conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade. I’ll be voting no.”
Later she tweeted a video clip, stating it was “Time to fight.”
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