Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh To Replace Justice Anthony Kennedy On Supreme Court

People line up in the rain outside of the US Supreme Court in Washington

President Trump announced Monday night that Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appellate court judge based in Washington, D.C., is his pick to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy — a nominee who, if confirmed, will cement a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.

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Trump made the announcement from the East Room of the White House.

 

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law,” the president said. “Throughout legal circles he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers. 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.”

 

Kavanaugh told Trump was “grateful” and “humbled by your confidence in me.”

 

“Throughout this process I have witnessed first hand 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 about a Supreme Court nomination,” Kavanaugh said. “Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty. I am deeply honored to fill his seat on the Supreme Court.”

 

He added: “My judicial philosophy is straightforward: A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”

Kavanaugh worked closely with independent counsel Ken Starr during Starr’s Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton.

 

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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