Trump names Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Washington, July 10 (IANS):US President Donald Trump has nominated  Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with extensive legal credentials and a lengthy political record, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in the Supreme Court.

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials,” Trump said on Monday, shortly after announcing his pick.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, the President praised his pick as a “brilliant jurist”.

The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W. Bush.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

Trump said: “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”

He added: “He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”

This is the president’s second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the US for a generation after he leaves the White House.
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The appointee would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who announced last month that he will retire this summer.

At Monday night’s announcement, Judge Kavanaugh said: “Mr. President, thank you. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

“No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination.

“I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me.”

Judge Kavanaugh has served since 2006 on the influential US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and was formerly a White House aide under George W. Bush.

He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

A Yale graduate, he once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace.

Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

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