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Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s is to get SCOTUS?
President Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring judge Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme court. Here is a look at Trump is nominated.
President Trump on Monday evening announced judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, to replace his Deputy, the outgoing Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh, 53, a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Kennedy in 1993, was elevated to the powerful Federal appeals court in the District of Columbia by President George W. Bush, under whom he had served as a White House lawyer and staff Secretary.
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With around 300 opinions in 12 years as a judge and a number of legal articles and lectures, Kavanaugh was the most productive of the candidates, the President said, in view of the role.
“In legal circles he is considered the judge of the judges,” Trump said in the announcement, marking Kavanaugh “, one of the sharpest legal minds of our time.”
“Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service,” Trump continued. “There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving.”
President Donald Trump listens as Brett Kavanaugh, its Supreme Court was nominated, speaks during an event in the East Room of the White house, on Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington.
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Kavanaugh, said Monday night that “justice Kennedy devoted his career to the protection of freedom,” and he is honored to be “deeply to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme court.”
Kennedy is expected to step down at the end of July.
Here are five things you should know about Kavanaugh, as he heads into the confirmation process.
He worked on the investigation that led to President Clinton’s impeachment
Kavanaugh co-wrote the independent lawyer Kenneth Starr’s report in the 1990s. He laid the legal framework to support Clinton’s impeachment for his affair with then White house Intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton could have been indicted for misleading the public and lying to employees, Kavanaugh argues, then, according to The New York Times. However, he later wrote that he did not have to do thought the President should deal with criminal investigations or civil suits while in office.
It is unclear how Kavanaugh would rule on abortion
Kavanaugh has never ruled directly on abortion as a judge, so it is unclear how he would decide the issue. He did, however, dissent recently on a court of appeal decision that allowed a pregnant teenage illegal immigrant, was in state custody to have an abortion. In addition, the candidate has not said publicly whether he’s in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.
He has close connections to the Bush family
Kavanaugh court of appeal of the former President George W. Bush, said he selected Kavanaugh “by the power of his spirit, the scope of its experience and the strength of his character, was nominated for the Federal.”
In this June 1, 2006 file photo, from left to right, from President Bush, watches the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by the Supreme court of the United States Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, right, during a ceremony in the rose garden of the White house, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)
Serves as a lawyer and staff secretary during the Bush administration, Kavanaugh traveled in top of DC, legal, and political circles, have earned the trust of major players such as Karl Rove. He is also married, Bush’s former personal Secretary, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, and has two daughters.
Bush in a statement on Monday, said Trump’s choice to nominate Kavanaugh was “an excellent decision.”
“Brett is a brilliant lawyer, has faithfully applied the Constitution and the laws, through his 12 years on the DC circuit,” Bush said. “He is an excellent judge of the Supreme court of the United States.”
Kavanaugh credits his mother for his career
Kavanaugh, as an only child, refers to his mother, Martha, for his career trajectory.
Martha Kavanaugh in high school, taught history before returning to school for her law degree. Later, a Prosecutor and a judge in the US state of Maryland.
“It is in me a commitment to public service and respect for the rule of law awakened, to follow that I have tried, throughout my career,” Kavanaugh said in his 2006 Senate hearing for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
He ran in the Boston Marathon
An avid runner, Kavanaugh lists both of his Boston Marathon finishes on his farm’s website biography: 3:59:45 2010 4:08:36 in 2015. His team, DC circuits, regularly wins medals in an annual 5K charity race on the Anacostia River.
The judges currently coaches his daughters ” basketball teams. Kavanaugh has also taught children at a DC elementary school, volunteered for a Catholic charity groups and is a regular participant in services at his Catholic Church.
Fox News’ William Mears, Adam Shaw, Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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