Pres. Trump to tap Brett Kavanaugh for high court


Asked earlier in the day during a CNN interview if Trump told retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy he would nominate Kavanaugh, his former clerk, if he stepped down, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny that conversation took place.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy told NPR radio.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition. The group Fix the Court, which advocates for Supreme Court transparency and accountability, sued the National Archives and Records Administration and the Justice Department on Tuesday over outstanding requests under the Freedom of Information Act related to Kavanaugh's time working under the former independent counsel Ken Starr, who was investigating the Clinton White House. But Feinstein, who is the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has also declined to attend, according to her spokeswoman, Ashley Schapitl.

Kyl also was the sherpa in the confirmation battle over Trump's pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions - a favorite of anti-immigrant hardliners of the right.

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Primus said it's unlikely the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage would be overturned, but speculated that Roe v. Wade is "somewhere between in danger and definitely gone".

"Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country face an agonizing choice over President Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats - and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019", the Times reported. You're right that Republicans control majorities of government at virtually every level right now: statehouses, governor's mansions, congress, the White House, and they could soon firm up the Supreme Court to a 5-4 conservative lean. "Judge Kavanaugh is known as a judge who respects the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench".

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother.

Cashman also voiced his support for Gorsuch after Trump nominated him a year ago, telling the New York Daily News that he was a "tremendous choice". He helped finance his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987, and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1990.

Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary.