(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump on Monday nominated DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask about a nominee’s personal opinions. What matters is not a judge’s political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found without doubt such a person,” Trump said.
“Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court,” the president said.
“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh currently teaches at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown,” Trump noted.
“Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers. 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. And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy,” the president said.
“Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service. For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals with great distinction, authoring over 300 opinions, which have been widely admired for their skill, insight and rigorous adherence to the law. Among those opinions are more than a dozen that the Supreme Court has adopted as the law of the land,” Trump said.
Kavanaugh described his judicial philosophy as “straightforward.”
“A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written, and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent,” Kavanaugh said.
He said he is proud that the majority of his law clerks are women.
“For the past 11 years, I’ve taught hundreds of students, primarily at Harvard Law School. I teach that the Constitution’s separation of powers protects individual liberty, and I remain grateful to the dean who hired me - Justice Elena Kagan. As a judge, I hire four law clerks each year. I look for the best. My law clerks come from diverse backgrounds and points of view. I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women,” Kavanaugh said.
He said he is “a part of the vibrant Catholic community in the DC area,” adding that its members “disagree about many things” but are “united by a commitment to serve.”
Kavanaugh said when he meets with U.S. senators in the days ahead, he will tell them that he reveres the Constitution.
“I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic. If confirmed by the Senate, I will keep an open mind in every case, and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law,” Kavanaugh added.