Supreme Court Profile: Brett Kavanaugh

by Rodney Pelletier  •  •  June 28, 2018   

He has no record on abortion or gay 'marriage'

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WASHINGTON ( - Washington, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh is considered a top contender for the Supreme Court seat soon left vacant by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh, a Catholic, is on a list of candidates compiled by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation being considered by President Donald Trump for the next open seat on the Court.

A graduate of Yale Law School, he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2003 by George W. Bush, but a nearly three-year delay caused by Senate Democrats moved his confirmation to 2006.

He was involved in the 1993 Vince Foster death investigation and assisted the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

He gained experience in the U.S. Supreme Court as a clerk to Kennedy between 1993 and 1994.

Since his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh has not ruled in any cases involving abortion or gay "marriage," something conservatives hope the Supreme Court will revisit after the vacancy is filled.

But Democrats understand their very platform is at stake with this next Supreme Court Justice, noting that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the legality of abortion and gay "marriage" are at stake.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is asking Republicans to vote on whoever President Trump appoints after the November midterm elections, asserting, "The American [people] should have a voice."

Approximately 56 percent of Trump voters maintain his Supreme Court appointments were the most important factor. His first appointment, Neil Gorsuch, was appointed in April 2017 and has largely voted according to the expectations of conservatives.

Kennedy's retirement, announced Wednesday, is sending shockwaves throughout the United States and causing jubilation among conservatives and reactions ranging between anger and despair among progressive liberals.

Two other liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, are getting older, with Ginsburg at 85 years old and Breyer at 79. If they retire during Trump's presidency, it will mean he will have influenced the appointment of four justices.

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