US President Donald Trump on July 9, 2018 nominated conservative Brett Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court Judge to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who recently announced his retirement.
The announcement was made by President Trump during his prime time address to the nation from the White House.
The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a thorough and transparent selection process, involving the President's public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential judges for any vacancy in the Supreme Court.
The top contenders in the list were federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
About Brett Kavanaugh
• Kavanaugh is currently serving as a judge in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
• He has served in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006 and was formerly a White House aide under George W Bush.
• He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former president Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
• Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion.
• Earlier, in 2009, he wrote a Minnesota law review article arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.
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