Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick?

Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick?

President Donald Trump announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court. ( WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh, the federal appellate judge nominated by President Trump on 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 government’s 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 closely 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, in the run-up to his nomination on Monday, Kavanaugh fielded criticism from social conservatives who objected to language he used in connection withthe Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, as well as his ties to the Bush family and GOP establishment. They also complained about his opinion in a case involving an immigrant teen seeking an abortion. […]

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