Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee?

Protesters decrying President Trump's Supreme Court nomination blocked traffic outside of Trump Tower Monday night, leading to the arrest of seven people, law enforcement sources said.

Kavanaugh 53, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit with a history in politics.

"Provide sitting presidents with a temporary deferral of civil suits and of criminal prosecutions and investigations", Kavanaugh proposed. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

He worked for four years for Starr, whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office.

That matters now - especially to Democrats mulling whether to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination to the highest court in the nation - because Trump is facing a special counsel probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and whether anyone in Trump campaign took part.

Kavanaugh's professional life has been a succession of jobs that have raised his profile in legal circles. According to the Washington Post, activists with the group had prepared several versions of signs protesting Trump's pick for a post-announcement rally on the steps of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh also repped Cuban tot Elian Gonzales, pro bono, when conservatives battled to keep him from returning to Cuba; Kavanaugh also was one of the George W. Bush lawyers in the Florida recount.

The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation.

Kavanaugh spoke at a University of Minnesota Law School event in 2008 and later published an article about the event.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.


"He has written nearly entirely in favor of big businesses, employers in employment disputes, and against defendants in criminal cases", according to Adam Feldman of the Empirical SCOTUS blog. (As The Hill reports, the idea is that highlighting issues like Obamacare's protections for preexisting conditions in addition to reproductive rights will be less divisive in red states.) Meanwhile, Republicans sought to portray Democrats as hysterical obstructionists tearing down a perfectly respectable judge for partisan purposes (though they refused to even consider President Obama's far more centrist Supreme Court nominee purely for partisan purposes).

Kavanaugh has a record on both.

Casey says the list of judges Trump has used to find a Supreme Court nominee is the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". Charles Schumer asked Kavanaugh: "Do you consider Roe v. Wade to be an abomination?" Kavanaugh responded that if confirmed, he would "follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully. That would be binding precedent of the court".

Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, as well as Kavanaugh, who is now a federal appellate judge in the District of Columbia. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn't vote due to their immigration status.

While the statement also spelled the judge's name as "Cavenaugh", the obviously pre-written placeholder characters "XX" caused much mirth on social media. He noted that he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he was hired by former dean Elena Kagan, appointed by Obama to the Supreme Court in 2010.

Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh could create the most conservative court since the justices blocked a number of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs in the 1930s.

"There is no one in America who is more qualified for this position and no one who is more deserving", Trump said of his nominee". By that measure, Kavanaugh packs a punch. Chief Justice John Roberts may now become the swing vote. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

He has likened himself to the official behind home plate calling balls and strikes.

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