President Donald Trump, on Monday, announced his Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring-Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
When announcing his pick Trump talked about the importance of nominating a justice that used basis in law as his guiding principles for legal opinions and not his personal opinions.
Justice Kennedy was a Reagan-era appointment, as well as the late-Justice Antonin Scalia who was replaced by Justice Neil Gorsuch last year, and Trump said that he chose a replacement in the same way Scalia and Kennedy were chosen, because they would be faithful to the Constitution.
Trump said that Reagan appointed justices who “understood that the best defense of our liberty and a judicial branch immune from political prejudice where judges that apply the Constitution as written” and he endeavored to follow in those steps.
Trump also thanked Justice Kennedy before announcing Kavanaugh as his pick.
“For more than four decades, Justice Kennedy served our nation with incredible passion and devotion,” Trump said. “I’d like to thank Justice Kennedy for a lifetime of distinguished service.”
Before announcing Kavanaugh Trump said, “What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person. Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.”
Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and also currently teaches at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.
Trump said that Kavanaugh is a “judge’s judge” and a leader among his peers as well as a brilliant jurist.
Kavanaugh has spent the last 12 years serving as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, authoring over 300 opinions in that time.
Kavanaugh took the podium Monday thanking the president for his confidence and for his diligence in his search for a suitable replacement for Kennedy.
Kavanaugh talked about his judicial philosophy by simply stating, “A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) shared his support for Kavanaugh’s nomination saying. “In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put forth a highly qualified and respected candidate committed to the rule of law. Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials are impeccable, and as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit he has considered many of the most pressing legal questions of our time.”
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) also commented on Kavanaugh’s nomination saying, “Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the last decade and earning a reputation for being a mainstream and fair-minded jurist. Judge Kavanaugh undoubtedly has the right qualifications to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court, and I look forward to meeting with him in the coming weeks in advance of his confirmation hearing.”
Here in the state House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued a statement on Trump’s nomination saying, “Nominees to our nation’s Supreme Court should exemplify a steadfast pursuit of justice with a legal record that reflects fairness, independence and an impartial deference to the U.S. Constitution. I strongly support Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court because he embodies all of those qualities and more – a truly outstanding selection by President Trump to faithfully serve the American people on our country’s most powerful bench.”