It’s official, folks. President Donald Trump just announced his second nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who if confirmed will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the moderate conservative who is set to retire at the end of the month.
Kavanaugh, 53, will inevitably be at the center of a confirmation battle. While it’s likely that the Republican-controlled Senate will clear the path for Trump to remake the highest court in the land for generations to come, that doesn’t mean that most Democrats will go down without a fight. After all, it was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who blocked the nomination of Merrick Garland — President Obama’s moderate pick to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia — for 293 days arguing that it was an election year.
Kavanaugh currently serves on the District of Columbia’s U.S. Court of Appeals. The Yale graduate worked under Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who led the investigation against President Bill Clinton. He was one of the lead authors of the infamous Starr Report. Kavanaugh also worked in the solicitor general’s office during the George H.W. Bush administration and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy. He was nominated to the D.C. …read more