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Conservative stalwart Justice Kavanaugh picked for US Supreme Court

Press Trust of India/Washington 10 Jul 18 | 10:08 PM

Trump with the 53-year-old conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh   Photo: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated conservative  as a Supreme Court Judge, a decision that could have far—reaching implications on everything from abortion to guns to immigration and alter the balance of the ideologically divided apex court.

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President Trump picked Justice Kavanaugh, a conservative stalwart who has deep ties to the Republican establishment, from an original list of 25 judges, which also included prominent Indian—American judge Amul Thapar.

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Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination has set the stage for a bruising confirmation battle as Democrats immediately vowed to oppose the President’s choice of the vacancy created by 81-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Announcing Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination in a prime-time event at the East Room of the White House, Trump described the 53-year-old from Maryland, currently a judge in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as one with “impeccable credentials and one of the finest legal minds of our times".

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