Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

How much Trump Supreme Court justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could make

How much Trump Supreme Court justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could make

"I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", the 53-year-old Kavanaugh said as Trump announced his nomination at the White House. "I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community".

With President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee revealed, pro-life activists are now turning their attention to attempting to discern Judge Brett Kavanaugh's likelihood of voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, which made America one of the most liberal abortion regimes in the world. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.

Whatever Kavanaugh's leanings may be on hot-button topics, Republicans accused their Democratic colleagues of elevating political considerations over the nominee's qualifications as a jurist.

Mr Kavanaugh is a federal appellate judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House on Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.

The Utah Republican said Monday of Barrett: "I don't think she's going to be the one who's chosen this time". The court could also be called upon to render judgment on issues of personal significance to Trump and his administration including matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation and several civil lawsuits pending against Trump.

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As sterling as Kavanaugh's pedigree and credentials are, his confirmation won't be a walk in the park.

While Kavanaugh was summarizing Rehnquist's thinking and not explicitly adopting it as his own (nor did he say whether he interprets stare decisis to mean Roe should survive regardless of that critique), his summary of Roe as "freewheeling judicial creation of unenumerated rights" may be the clearest indicator yet that he thinks the case was wrongly decided.

"I'm saying Justice Kennedy can speak for himself". Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's choice to succeed outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy, also wasted no time in kissing the ring.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

Kavanaugh in 2013 also sided with the FDA in a case against Cytori Therapeutics, a medical device maker.

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Mike Sacks, a reporter for the Fox television affiliate in NY and a self-described lapsed lawyer, was among the first to make the connection on Twitter. Both senators backed Gorsuch's nomination. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota.

All three states lean heavily Republican.

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer vowed an all-out battle against Kavanaugh, but senators in his party can not block Kavanaugh's confirmation if no Republicans break ranks.

"On separation [of church and state] issues, he will read the principle more narrowly than AJC would like", Stern said.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the 100-member Senate, in which a simple majority is needed to confirm a supreme court pick.

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Democrats point out Republicans requested similar amounts of paperwork for Obama's nominees. And that will put some senators in a tough position as Democrats move to make Kavanaugh's nomination specifically about abortion rights.

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