President Trump announced Tuesday 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.Trump made the announcement from the East Room of the White House.Kavanaugh worked closely with independent counsel Ken Starr during Starr’s Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. As documented in the latest episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” Kavanaugh debunked the conspiracy theories that the Clintons were responsible for former aide Vince Foster’s death before becoming the primary author of the report laying out the case for Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh was concerned with the more explicit sexual details of the report and attempted to redact them just before its publication.One of the possible grounds for … [Read more...] about Trump announces his pick to replace Justice Kennedy on Supreme Court
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President Trump is set to announce Monday night 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.According to the Associated Press, Trump reached a decision earlier in the day Monday. It’s not yet clear who his choice is.Trump, who interviewed a total of seven candidates last week, narrowed his list of finalists to a pair of federal appeals court judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, the New York Times reported Monday.The president had been considering two other judges — Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge — before Hardiman emerged as a possible nominee over the weekend. Trump will unveil his choice at an event inside the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., at 9 p.m. ET. 6 PHOTOS Possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice Kennedy See Gallery Possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice Kennedy … [Read more...] about President Trump set to announce Supreme Court pick
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination is expected on Monday, with three federal judges leading the pack. Here's a look at who they are (plus three more who haven't been completely counted out just yet): AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 46, was a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal judge last fall. If nominated and confirmed, she would become the fourth female justice on the nine-member court and its youngest member (Justice Neil Gorsuch is now the youngest, turning 51 this August.) Barrett is considered Trump's most divisive choice, both because of her sparse record on the bench and because of her conservative religious views. At a Senate hearing last year on her nomination to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Democrats peppered Barrett on whether her Roman Catholic faith would interfere with her work. Democrats cited a 1998 paper in which she argued that Catholic … [Read more...] about Who are Trump’s top Supreme Court contenders?
Michael Kranish and Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post Published 3:54 pm, Friday, June 29, 2018 U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who is viewed as one of the leading contenders to replace him, has argued that presidents should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office. Kavanaugh had direct personal experience that informed his 2009 article for the Minnesota Law Review: He helped investigate President Bill Clinton as part of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team and then served for five years as a close aide to President George W. Bush. Having observed the weighty issues that can consume a president, Kavanaugh wrote, the nation's chief executive should be exempt from "time-consuming and distracting" lawsuits and investigations, which "would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national … [Read more...] about Top Supreme Court prospect has argued presidents should not be bothered by probes, lawsuits
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban as key justices used an argument session to aim skeptical questions at a lawyer challenging the policy. Hearing the last arguments of its nine-month term Wednesday, the court took its first direct look at a policy that indefinitely bars more than 150 million people from entering the country. Opponents, led at the high court by Hawaii, say Trump overstepped his authority and was motivated by anti-Muslim animus. Chief Justice John Roberts suggested he doubted that the policy was unconstitutionally tainted by Trump’s campaign call for a Muslim ban at the border. Roberts asked whether those arguments would prevent a president from taking the advice of his military staff to launch an air strike against Syria. “Does that mean he can’t because you would regard that as discrimination against a majority-Muslim country?” Roberts asked Hawaii’s lawyer, Neal Katyal. Another … [Read more...] about Trump travel ban seems poised for victory at U.S. Supreme Court