Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court
President Trump announced the nomination of Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, at a ceremony at the White House Monday night.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, describing the federal court judge as a “judge’s judge” and “one of the sharpest and finest legal minds” during a prime-time address.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kavanaugh will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who provided key swing votes for the court’s liberal side.
By selecting Kavanaugh from a list of nominees compiled by conservative policy groups, Trump all but ensured his latest Supreme Court appointment will lock in a 5-4 conservative majority on the bench.
“There is no one in America more qualified and no one more deserving,” Trump said in the White House East Room, where he was joined by Kavanaugh and the judge’s wife Ashley and daughters Margaret and Liza.
Kavanaugh, 53, a former staff secretary for President George W. Bush, beat out eight other prospective nominees interviewed by Trump at the White House last week.
The president whittled down his choices to four appellate court judges — Kavanaugh, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett. Trump mulled his options over the weekend, telling reporters he would make his decision by a self-imposed noon deadline.