Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Is a Washington Insider and Regulation Skeptic

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Is a Washington Insider and Regulation Skeptic

Brett Kavanaugh Photographer: Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, is a Washington insider who has been at the center of political and legal controversies for most of his career. Over the last two decades, the Washington native was a top deputy to independent counsel Kenneth Starr on the investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked as a key aide to President George W. Bush. As a federal appeals court judge, he has struck down federal regulations, questioned abortion rights and backed gun freedoms. "He is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers," Trump said in introducing his choice Monday night at the White House. The president called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time." Kavanaugh told the East Room audience he was proud that most of his law clerks have been women, and he talked about coaching his two school-age daughters’ basketball teams. He said he plans to start meeting Tuesday with members of the Senate, which will consider confirmation, and he promised to keep an open mind on the high court. “A judge must interpret statutes as written, and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent," he said. His confirmation by the Senate, which Republicans control 51-49, could herald a historic shift, potentially creating the most conservative Supreme Court in generations. The court could shift to the right on abortion, gay […]

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