Trump taps defender of executive power

Trump taps defender of executive power

President Donald Trump stands with federal judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family after announcing his selection as the nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday. (AP photo/Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh, the federal appellate judge nominated Monday to the Supreme Court, has endorsed robust views of the powers of the president, consistently siding with arguments in favor of broad executive authority during his 12 years on the bench in Washington, D.C. He has called for restructuring the federal consumer watchdog agency so the president could remove the director and has been a leading defender of the government’s position when it comes to using military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects. Kavanaugh is “an unrelenting, unapologetic defender of presidential power” who believes courts can and should actively seek to rein in “large swaths of the current administrative state,” said University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck, who follows the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would be more to the right than the man he would replace on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he clerked. Kavanaugh has staked out conservative positions in cases involving gun rights, abortion and the separation of powers. Still, Kavanaugh, 53, faced quick opposition from Democrats and liberal groups — and he has even fielded criticism from social conservatives. Some conservatives had objected to language he used in connection with the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, as well as his ties to the […]

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