President Donald Trump has nominated influential conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to the right.
Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.
Kavanaugh is Trump’s second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked in the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Social Media Reaction
President Trump: “Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.”
President George W Bush applauds selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his former staff secretary. pic.twitter.com/zGTFi25Gzj
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 10, 2018
— Equality California (@eqca) July 10, 2018
— Axios (@axios) July 10, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh will do nothing but side with Trump’s dangerous, bigoted agenda.
He believes assault weapons bans are unconstitutional, would dismantle the ACA, rip away a woman’s right to choose, and threaten LGBT and voting rights.
He would be a disaster for our country.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 10, 2018
This is a truly excellent choice by the President. I know Brett Kavanaugh to be a man of character, decency and intellectual depth. He has the mind and temperament of a great Supreme Court justice.
— Michael Gerson (@MJGerson) July 10, 2018