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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "sticks to the law", former clerk says

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican establishment favorite who has worked in the George W. Bush administration, has triggered reactions from Jewish groups ranging from furious to relieved.

"He is a terrific judge", said Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law.

"I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women", Kavanaugh added. Other Republicans said they hoped to confirm Kavanaugh before the court reconvenes in October. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written". "I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", the 53-year-old Kavanaugh said as Trump announced his nomination at the White House.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Kavanaugh thanked Trump for nominating him and expressed gratitude at the prospect of sitting where Kennedy did. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. Both senators backed Gorsuch's nomination.

Labor union groups have come out in staunch opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, citing cases he ruled on that they say favor businesses over employees.

Some Republican senators had favored other options.

"To be a good umpire and a good judge, don't be a jerk", Kavanaugh said in a speech three years ago.

Trump is announcing his selection Monday night.

All face tough re-election races this November in states Trump won easily in 2016.

Republicans will target three Democrats facing re-election in conservative states where Trump won big majorities in the 2016 election - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of in - to support Kavanaugh. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee.

Justice Kennedy sometimes sided with the court's liberal justices on divisive social issues.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an terrible lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.

That service led to top posts in President Bush's White House as a lawyer and as staff secretary, the clearinghouse official who handles virtually every important document the president touches. He urged Democrats to support Kavanaugh so that he "could be confirmed with the ninetysomething Senate votes he deserves, rather than the fiftysomething votes he is likely to get". Still, they could try to sour the hearings by attacking Kavanaugh and trying to complicate the proceedings whenever possible.

Congress, he wrote in The Minnesota Law Review, should pass a law that would temporarily protect the president from both civil suits and criminal prosecution. In that 2017 case, the government had mandated that the teen could leave her detention center to have an abortion. The Senate voted to save the rule but the House never took up the measure.

She highlighted the power of a Supreme Court Justice on a personal level saying that two decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, she was only the second class to integrate at Berkeley Public Schools. Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority.

Democrats point out Republicans requested similar amounts of paperwork for Obama's nominees.

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