President Donald Trump has picked Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for 12 years, as his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
In a brief televised announcement from the East Room of the White House, Trump said Kavanaugh is “universally regarded as one of the finest, sharpest legal minds of our time.” Trump also said Kavanaugh had a “proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”
Kavanaugh himself told the White House audience — and millions more who were tuned in — that “I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the rule of law.”
A veteran of the George W. Bush administration before going on to become a judge on what is considered the second most powerful court after the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh has a long track record, writing more than 300 opinions at the appeals court.