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President Trump nominates Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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Update from Sen. Cornyn's Office 

Cornyn Statement on the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement after President Trump announced he will nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:

“Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally-qualified jurist who will be a fair and impartial arbiter of the law and will not legislate from the bench. Throughout his tenure, Judge Kavanaugh has served with a high moral standard and demonstrated a clear commitment to faithfully interpreting the Constitution. 

“As the Senate begins what will be a thorough review of his record, it’s disappointing that some Democrats already rejected this nomination before it was even made. I hope Democrats will consider Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination on the merits, and I look forward to meeting with him soon in advance of a hearing.”

Biography from the White House:

Brett M. Kavanaugh has served for over a decade as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit—referred to as the “Second Highest Court in the Land”—building a first-rate judicial record and reputation.

Alongside his long career of public service, he is a youth basketball coach, a church volunteer, a family man, and a mentor in local schools. He stays active, playing basketball and running. His mother, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Martha Kavanaugh, blazed a trail for women in the legal profession. He and his wife Ashley have two school-aged children. 

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary, Intelligence, and Finance Committees.

CNN reports President Trump announced from the White House East Room that he is nominating Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was confirmed to his position on the Court of Appeals for DC on May 26, 2006, about 12 years ago. The 53-year-old worked in the Bush administration and also for independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Kavanaugh has a history of conservatives votes in areas concerning presidential authority, the Second Amendment and religious liberty. 

However, some social conservatives — while refusing to go on the record — criticized two of his opinions: one dealing with the Affordable Care Act and a second about an undocumented pregnant teen who sought an abortion.

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