Donald Trump has announced that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once worked for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy. Source: CNS.
"What matters is not a judge's personal views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require," President Trump said in his announcement at the White House, adding: "I am pleased to say I have found, without doubt, such a person."
He said the nominee has "impeccable credentials" and is "considered a judge's judge".
"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me," said Judge Kavanaugh, who was standing near his wife and two daughters.
He spoke about his Catholic faith saying he tries to live by the motto instilled in him by his Jesuit high school: "be men for others".
Judge Kavanaugh, like Justice Neil Gorsuch, attended Georgetown Prep, a Jesuit boys school in Maryland. He also pointed out that his former pastor, Msgr John Enzler, was in the audience. He said he used to be an altar boy for him and now the two serve the homeless together. The priest is the president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Washington. Judge Kavanaugh also gave a shout-out to the girls basketball team at his parish which he coaches.
He said if he is chosen to be on the Supreme Court he would "keep an open mind in every case" and "always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law".
The nominee must be confirmed by the Senate in order to have a seat on the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings questioning the nominee and if the committee approves, a vote for or against the nominee goes to the full Senate floor and must be approved with a simple majority or 51 votes.
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