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Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

The President underpins the right turn of the High Court with the second appointment of a judge in a year and a half

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Trump nominates conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Donald Trump has decided to nominate conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh, advisor to President George W. Bush and a member of team that investigated President Bill Clinton as a candidate to occupy new U.S. Supreme Court seat after retirement of Also conservative, though moderate, Anthony Kennedy. The president announced to his elected this Monday in White House in prime time and after a few days in which he has been responsible for creating suspense, talking about finalists and encouraging to be attentive to 9 tonight as if final of a championship It was. Now fight with Democrats in Senate begins to confirm it. If it succeeds, Trump will have buttressed right turn of country's highest judicial instance, comprising nine members, five considered conservative and four progressive.

The election of a judge of supreme constitutes one of most important decisions for a President of United States, since se are life positions whose occupants make critical decisions for American society. It was High Court that put an end to racial segregation of public schools in 1954, which decriminalized abortion in 1973 or declared legalized same-sex marriage across country in 2015. The fear of Democrats and proabortion activists or LGBT rights, among ors, is that conservative turn of supreme cut rights that were thought to be armoured. Some recent failures, such as supporting Trump's migratory veto or pie maker who refused to make cake for a wedding between two men, feed se suspicions.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Washington DC federal appeals judge, trained at Yale and born in state of Mayland, is a conservative of liking of Washington establishment, respected for being part of independent prosecutor's research team Kenneth Starr, who accused Clinton in case of Monica Lewinsky, and for having been assistant to George W. Bush. His service sheet also fits religious republicanism. Last October he was part of a group of judges who issued an order against abortion of a 17-year-old Iregular immigrant detained in Texas.

The position on abortion was key in this election, as demonstrated by protests in favor and against this right that were carried out in front of headquarters of supreme at same time that Trump announced nominee. The conservative judge who retires, Kennedy, has migrated to more centrist positions over years and his vote has been instrumental in critical social issues, such as positive discrimination or gay marriage. Your relief, if you have green light of Senate, makes a right turn probable. Tonight, at White House, he emphasized his Catholic faith, although he promised that, if confirmed in Senate, he will keep "an open mind in each case" and preserve " U.S. Constitution and legality."

Some Republicans like Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, had warned Trump that he should opt for a profile that would raise a consensus at least to members of his own party and not give arguments to Democrats to torpedo process of Confirmation in upper house to ensure that confirmation was held before November legislative elections, when Senate's conservative majority is at risk.

Now, with a minimum control (51 of 100 senators and, one of m, John McCain, of Baja) will need in principle to reap some support of opposition, although in last judge named (Neil Gorsuch, in 2017) Republicans opted to circumvent rejection of Democrats for bravas, with an unprecedented measure with a change of rules of game by which y only needed simple majority. In first call, Gorsuch had only achieved 55 votes in favor ( 52 Republicans and three Democrats), when 25 of 26 judges chosen until n had achieved support of 60 senators.

Once it rotates tradition of consensus, Republicans can pull forth naming of Kavanaugh with anor simple majority. Thus, Trump will have had opportunity to appoint two members of supreme in just one and a half years of mandate. The age of elect, 50 years of Gorsuch and 53 of newly nominated, favors mandates that can last decades. If ors of older judges, such as those considered progressives Ruth Bader Ginsburg (85) and Stephen Breyer (79), Republican president could take advantage to furr reinforce conservative sensitivity of High Court, which explains calls of Progressive groups that se veteran judges will not retire.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position," Trump said when he presented Kavanaugh. The president had turned nomination is a sort of end of a reality program. He warned a week ago that he would announce this Monday to his chosen and a list of 25 names that White House had made public and this weekend informed press that he had left with four candidates on table. On Monday morning, a few hours before call, he published a tweet that seemed to promote a show: "I have long heard that most important decision a President of United States can make is selection of a Supreme Court judge. It will be announced tonight at 9:00. " The Democrats have already moved on tonight to oppose appointment. The reality moves to Capitol.


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