"I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States supreme court", Trump said. Trump touted Kavanaugh as "a brilliant jurist" with "impeccable credentials" before inviting Kavanaugh to the podium, where the judge said he was "deeply honored" to be Trump's choice.
The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who clerked for Kennedy and who now sits on the US court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court, emphasized in his remarks accepting the nomination the importance of judicial independence.
Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump previous year, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices.
The pick is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, after he selected Justice Neil Gorsuch past year to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.
Still, some of the 1.2 percent of votes when Collins bucked a Republican president's nominee were notable. He is probably best known for his ties to President George W. Bush.
Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. "If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case".
Still, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the Senate "can confirm any of the four names being mentioned".
Kennedy's departure "leaves the court in a calcified state of a hardened left and right with nobody in that middle position", says Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor. Three of the judges are Asian-American men and one is a Hispanic man. Barrett is also seen as a potentially divisive nominee because of statements she's made about her Catholic faith and about abortion.
A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh started his career as associate counsel with Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated former President Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, helping draft the report recommending Clinton's impeachment.
President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland in March 2016, but the Republican-controlled Senate did not take up the nomination. "I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered". John McCain, R-Ariz, is absent getting cancer treatment, so Republicans now have just a 50-49 vote hold.
Check back in with Mediaite for coverage of Trump's decision tonight. Gorsuch restored the court's conservative majority. She also joined just five other Republicans in voting against putting Holmes on a U.S. district court in Arkansas in 2004.
Kethledge, who was a clerk for Kennedy in 1997-98, has been described as very similar ideologically to Gorsuch.
President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, background right, board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
In later years, Kavanaugh said that Clinton should not have had to face down an investigation during his presidency.
In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaughwrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigation. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.
Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.
The pair shook hands and raised their fists for the cameras, with Miocic standing a few inches taller than his veteran opponent. Cormier's first round KO made him the first competitor to hold the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight straps simultaneously.
But he says that - in the ABC interview that he offered the equivalent of a handshake to the Federal Bureau of Investigation . He says he doesn't agree with people who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation like Donald Trump does.
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Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, almost died of exposure to Novichok left on the front doorstep of Sergei's home in March. Police say they don't think Sturgess and Rowley visited any of the locations decontaminated after the Skripals' poisoning.
Minuses: Despite a decade on the appeals court, his record is thin in several areas of the law, which worries some conservatives. Justin Clark, director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.
His parents, who along with other families, have maintained a constant vigil at the site since the boys first became trapped. Thai Navy soldiers in the flooded Tham Luang cave during rescue operations for the 12 boys and their football team coach .
The 38-year-old American - last year's runner-up at Wimbledon - was the oldest entrant in the women's singles field. Nick Kyrgios, seeded 15, unleashed 42 winners to see off Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
On Instagram , she shared a glimpse of how it went down by posting a screenshot of a conversation with Jared Eng of Just Jared . McPhee revealed the details of Foster's proposal via a text message screenshot on Instagram .
The Red Devils entered the semi-finals for only the second time after beating Selecao 2-1 in the quarter-finals. "At Barcelona , he evolved a lot and he nearly reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ".
Capela earned just $2.3 million last season, which was a bargain for Houston , given the numbers and value they got from him . He was referring to Rockets' run to the Western Conference Finals where they took the Golden State Warriors to seven games.
Justin Bieber engaged to model Hailey Baldwin
Another user posted a picture of a pillow with a tear stained face across it, showing the devastation her 12-year-old self felt. His mother, Pattie Mallette , tweeted " Love Love Love Love Love Love Love ." on the same night of the engagement.
Pompeo Brings 'Rocket Man' CD for Kim Jong
North Korea's state-run media marked the occasion this year with overwhelming praise. "At a time when we're hearing Pres. North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said.
Vettel takes fastest time headed into British Grand Prix
"When the Virtual Safety Car came into force Lewis Hamilton was at turn seven, so the team had enough time to get him in". The season will likely be decided by tiny margins and the relationship between team and driver is going to be vital.
Sweden inspired by heavyweights' fall at the World Cup
Andreas Granqvist vowed that Sweden will not alter the way they play heading into their World Cup quarter-final with England . Sweden "had to rebuild from scratch", Andersson said, and that meant constructing a team no longer focused on one player.
Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rejected the verdict, and Sharif's younger brother, Shahbaz, pledged to challenge the order. The timing of this sentencing is significant, coming just three weeks before the country's general elections on 25 July.
At least 17 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat
Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province´s capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin. The move is part of the federal government's climate change adaptation in expectation of more frequent heat events.
Brazil, England and France Favorites Ahead of Quarter Finals
Theresa May has said she could not bear to watch the penalty shootout that saw England progress to the World Cup quarter-finals. The Times , though, sees things rather differently and issues a warning: "Resolute Sweden a team to be reckoned with".