President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court

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With Ben Brock Johnson

A nominee for the seat of swing voter Anthony Kennedy. We’ll unpack President Trump’s pick for the next Supreme Court Justice.


David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. (@DavidGSavage)

Richard Garnett, Professor at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches constitutional law and is the founding director of the program on Church, State and Society (@RickGarnett)

Risa Goluboff, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Law

Kimberly Atkins, Washington Bureau Chief for the Boston Herald (@KimberlyEAtkins)

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The Los Angeles Times: Brett Kavanaugh, A Washington Veteran, Is Trump's Second Pick For The Supreme Court — "In choosing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump went with a well-credentialed Washington insider who compiled a long record as a reliable conservative and won the respect of White House lawyers and the outside groups that advise them. They are confident that, if confirmed by the Senate, he will move the high court to the right on abortion, gun rights, affirmative action, religious liberty and environmental protection, among other issues."

The Washington Post: Conservatives Are Finally Getting The Supreme Court They Dreamed Of  — "While President Trump plays the appointment of a Supreme Court justice like a reality show, promoting the dramatic reveal of the nominee’s name in tonight’s prime-time special, it almost doesn’t matter which of the contenders is chosen. They were all carefully selected for the president by conservative activists at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, vetted to ensure that they are devoted to the conservative cause. And when I say “the conservative cause,” I don’t mean just the positions your local Republican congressional candidate might advocate. I mean an expansive, ambitious vision of remaking the entire relationship between Americans and their government."

After lots of anticipation and the drawing of battle lines between aisles of Congress, the President went on prime time last night to point from the podium at conservative-approved Judge Brett Kavanaugh and're NOMINATED. But that's not the same as being hired. The nominee faces a fight from Democrats and maybe a contentious hearing. This hour, On Point: Our supreme list of court experts on the legal stakes and political battles ahead. --Ben Brock Johnson. 

This program aired on July 10, 2018.


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