WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, aiming for conservative shift.
President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday evening. The pick will shift the balance of the court further to the right. The 53-year-old federal appellate judge is nominated for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh is Trump’s second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked in the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency.