Trump nominates ‘brilliant jurist’ for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, describing him as a “brilliant jurist”.

Mr Kavanaugh, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, formerly advised ex-President, George W Bush.

The president said: “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”

Mr Trump added: “He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”

The nominee would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is due to retire this summer.

A devout Catholic, Mr Kavanaugh attended a Jesuit high school, graduated from Yale University and once clerked for Justice Kennedy himself.

In 2009 he penned an article arguing that presidents should be immune from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

At the announcement yesterday, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, said: “Mr President, thank you. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

“No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination.

“I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me.”

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