September 19, 2018

Nine Things to Know About Brett Kavanaugh

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9. Kavanaugh is a Catholic and regular lector (i.e., responsible for reading aloud excerpts of Scripture at a liturgy) at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, DC. He regularly served meals as part of the St. Maria’s Meals program at Catholic Charities in DC and has tutored at the Washington Jesuit Academy and at J. O. Wilson Elementary School.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s assumption of senior status.

The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by an historic degree of transparency, including the President’s public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential nominees to the Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court. Before becoming a judge, he served in the George W. Bush administration, first as an Associate Counsel and then Senior Associate Counsel, and subsequently as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy, and for judges on the Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Judge Kavanaugh also served as a Counsel for the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr and as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

Judge Kavanaugh has earned a reputation as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and he is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus. Judge Kavanaugh lives in Maryland with his wife Ashley and their two daughters.

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Black Leaders Applaud Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Washington, DC – Applauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, members of the Project 21 black leadership network praise Judge Kavanaugh’s dedication to the Constitution and his impressive record of accomplishment.

“This is a judicial grand slam! As someone familiar with Judge Kavanaugh’s record, I can say that – though the left may be upset – those who love our Constitution will be thrilled,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a former professor of constitutional law at George Mason University and senior counsel to congressional leadership. “His record in over 300 opinions reveals a judge truly committed to the constitutional principles of textualism and originalism.”

Judge Kavanaugh, who currently serves on the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is a former Supreme Court clerk for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. In his remarks at the White House, he specifically recognized the “importance of equality for all Americans.” He is expected to adhere to a strict interpretation of the U.S Constitution.

Cooper recently wrote about Kavanaugh in the Washington Examiner:

I can confirm the far-left has reason to worry, but people devoted to the Constitution and the rule of law do not…

The real beef the left has with originalists like Kavanaugh is they expect judges to do the job that leftists don’t like – the hard work of convincing their fellow citizens to voluntarily adopt their radical vision for America. Instead of persuasion, the left wants courts to force its vision down people’s throats.

“In selecting Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump nominated ‘a judge’s judge’ to succeed Anthony Kennedy as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington, a nationally-syndicated talk radio host. “Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent choice with impeccable credentials. It is now up to the U.S. Senate to provide advice and consent. I look forward to closely watching its deliberative process.”

“Brett Kavanaugh has a record of sticking to his guns and protecting our constitutional values,” added Project 21 member Rich Holt, a political consultant who co-chairs the Ohio Center-Right Coalition meeting. “I have no doubt his tenure on the Court will strengthen the rights of all Americans over the next generation.” 

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