Born inside Beltway, Kavanaugh part of GOP legal elite

The issue has been overshadowed in recent days by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Cavanaugh to replace him on the Supreme Court.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections. As of Friday, Kavanaugh and Barrett were the top two, but warring between their camps and questions about their potential thorniness and delays in getting confirmed is boosting the chances of Kethledge, Time reports. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president. Later, he became a White House counsel and staff secretary to President George W. Bush.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School and has taught a course at Harvard.

"He's a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

As McConnell plans a flood of judicial confirmation votes this summer and fall, the GOP is hoping to run again on the success of Trump's judicial confirmations.

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

Mr Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

Long known as a Washington insider, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh was even born inside the Beltway and has lived there virtually his entire life.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward". His record shows Judge Kavanaugh will apply the U.S. Constitution as written and intended by our Founding Fathers.

"Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" he wrote.

Republicans on the Appropriations panel batted down Democratic proposals that undercut the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy of prosecuting and detaining migrants caught entering the US.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME are considered swing votes on the Republican side of the aisle - two members who voted against GOP-led efforts to repeal Obamacare a year ago - and have expressed concerns about any action to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion ruling. John McCain back in Arizona fighting cancer, McConnell can not afford to lose a single Republican vote without convincing Democrats to cross the aisle and back a candidate who is largely seen as a conservative nominee.

At the same time, Republicans are urging a half dozen Democratic senators, largely those who are up for re-election in Trump-won states, to back the president's choice.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Kavanaugh "extremely well qualified" and envisioned a different kind of bipartisanship - one that would lead to the nominee's confirmation.

Within the next few months, Brett M. Kavanaugh will get a vote in the Senate to determine whether he joins the Supreme Court.

Terry, a longtime pro-life activist, led a handful of protesters outside the White House on Monday, who said they were there to call for the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Trump past year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Instead, they say it should be easy to hold Republicans together on an issue that mobilizes the base and provides a pathway to expand the conservative reach on the courts.

Kavanaugh has been a judge in the United States Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. for about 12 years.

Trump defeated Clinton's wife, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election and has disparaged both Clintons.

Listen to the latest episode of the Bloomington Buzz podcast, where we talk about Kavanaugh and some of the others who were up for the spot on the Supreme Court.

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights.

  • Rogelio Becker