Who is Brett Kavanaugh? Essential facts about Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court.

Before Trump walked out to make his prime time announcement Monday night, a parade of conservative luminaries and Administration officials filed into the East Room of the White House to sit on gilded folding chairs set out in a wide arch around a lectern. But the president in recent days seemed to narrow his shortlist for the court down to two other appellate judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman.

When Justice Anthony Kennedy - a swing vote - announced his retirement last month it became clear that Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalised abortion in the United States would soon be under threat.

"This is an opportunity for senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command", McConnell said.

" Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer said in a statement: "I strongly urge Senators on both sides of the aisle - especially those who have come together before to defeat efforts to repeal the ACA and roll back reproductive health care rights - to defeat this nomination". They went to the Supreme Court. There is a 51-49 split in favor of Republicans, suggesting Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed as Kennedy's replacement, though it is not a done deal.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump told reporters as he left Morristown, N.J., on Sunday to return to the White House.

Mike Barnicle added that it would please Susan Collins and other wavering pro-life Republicans, former RNC chief Michael Steele said Kavanaugh's history as a former altar boy gave them an instant connection.

Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed Democratic and liberal concerns over the president's nominee as hyperbole that will not persuade the American people.

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When it comes, it was important that I took it. "People think he's weak but I've seen countless players ride his back because he's that strong".

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence.

Last year Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch, 50, who is extremely conservative and two more judges are in their 80s and could signal a retirement soon, allowing Trump to fill the Court with even more right-wing members.

The millions of documents can be requested by Senate Democrats and would take time for the National Archives, the federal court system and other stake holders to compile, meaning a confirmation hearing before the Senate leaves for August recess would be unlikely.

Democrats could bring Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process to a halt with one simple demand - his paperwork. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely".

Observers believe if Special Counsel Robert Mueller tries to compel the president to testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation, or even bring charges against the president, the issue will go all the way to the Supreme Court, which could return to its 5-4 conservative majority if Kavanaugh is confirmed. "As I stressed to the president during our meeting two weeks ago, one of the most important jobs of any USA senator is to fully vet any nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, the highest court in our land".

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch past year. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

In Poland, another ruler of authoritarian bent, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Leaw and Justice Party, has launched a frontal assault on that nation's Supreme Appellate Court.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

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