Okay. Maybe “shocks” is a bit strong, seeing as how he had already narrowed down the list to just four judges.
However, his choice was SHOCKING in the sense that he chose the one judge on his list who was MOST connected to the past Republican administration of George W. Bush.
On Monday night, President Trump announced that he was nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Not only does Judge Brett Kavanaugh come with the baggage of having been a member of the Bush administration, he is actually disliked by some of the more libertarian members of the GOP Senate.
It is exceedingly likely that for Judge Kavanaugh to be confirmed by the Senate, the President will need to secure at least one or two votes from the Democrats.
However, in selecting Kavanaugh the President has also shown how seriously he is taking this process because Kavanaugh has a long and impeccable record of service to our legal system. He may not be the candidate liberals would have hoped for, and libertarians may be worried about his position on issues relating to civil rights and the war on terror, but Kavanaugh is an experienced and serious legal mind.
Here’s the White House announcement:
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s assumption of senior status.
The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by an historic degree of transparency, including the President’s public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential nominees to the Supreme Court.
Judge Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court. Before becoming a judge, he served in the George W. Bush administration, first as an Associate Counsel and then Senior Associate Counsel, and subsequently as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and for judges on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Judge Kavanaugh also served as a Counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr and as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.
Judge Kavanaugh has earned a reputation as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and he is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus. Judge Kavanaugh lives in Maryland with his wife Ashley and their two daughters.
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