Brett Kavanaugh, the consummate Washington insider picked by President Donald Trump on Monday for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, has viewed business regulations with skepticism in his 12 years as a judge and taken conservative positions on some divisive social issues. Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist who embraces the philosophy of our Founders - an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and the Constitution.
Kavanaugh was nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2006 after serving in his administration for five years.
An appointee of George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's first notable role in public life was helping to draft the Starr report, which detailed the sexual relationship between former President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky and called for the President's impeachment. He has tutored at multiple elementary schools and coached his daughters' basketball teams in the Washington D.C. area and ran the Boston Marathon twice, according to his D.C. Circuit Court biography. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. The same thing happened to him a year ago when President Donald Trump instead tapped the Tenth Circuit's Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.
Conservative critics said Kavanaugh's dissent created an opening that eventually led to U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts casting a crucial vote in upholding the law when it reached the Supreme Court in 2012.
Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, so they can approve Trump's nominee without any Democratic support as long as they don't lose more than one vote. The justices who remain on the court include three who have backed broad abortion restrictions and a fourth, Gorsuch, who in all likelihood would.
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Other finalists included Amy Coney Barrett, a Seventh Circuit judge, was considered the candidate that would make Trump's base most happy, deeply conservative views and religious beliefs. Anti-choice right-wingers have also noted that he appears less likely than other top contenders to drastically curtail abortion rights.
In the federal courthouse in Washington, Kavanaugh has developed a reputation for cracking jokes, talking sports and showing up at events to support his colleagues.
He later wrote in a Minnesota Law Review article, that sitting presidents should receive temporary deferral of civil suits and of criminal prosecutions and investigations, saying they are "time-consuming and distracting". He helped finance his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.
Kavanaugh said the "radical" majority had essentially created a "constitutional principle as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in USA government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".
Left-leaning interest groups like Demand Justice have signaled they want to make the forthcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearing about two big things: abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act, the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.