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Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 17:11

A right-leaning Supreme Court would be one of Trump's lasting legacies and highly prized gift to his conservative base after he a year ago delivered his first Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch.

The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination.

FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group, issued a statement applauding Trump for choosing Judge Kavanaugh. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump's choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of month.

Speaking after his nomination, Judge Kavanaugh said: "If confirmed I will keep an open mind in every case and will always strive to preserve the constitution of the United States and the American rule of law". "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the appellate judge as "an impressive" nominee who is "extremely well qualified" to sit on the nation's highest court. Kavanaugh also did preliminary work that led to Clinton's impeachment for an affair with a White House intern. As the day progressed, other potential nominees, including Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge were spotted in their homes out of state. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

McConnell, who called Kavanaugh a "superb choice", hasn't explicitly said whether his goal is to complete a confirmation before the November midterm elections.

Republicans hold a mere 50-49 Senate majority, with the prolonged absence of the ailing Arizona GOP Sen.

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Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. Some Republican senators had favored other options. "I look forward to following the U.S. Senate confirmation process". The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. One night after Kennedy announced his retirement, Trump met with Democratic Sens. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights. And-though he claimed to technically live by the creed of his Jesuit high school, "Men for others"-he appeared to also be subtly attempting to reassure Americans that he's not necessarily intent on overturning precedents like Roe v. Wade, which ensures access to abortion".

As for the right, many will likely back Trump's pick in the hopes of pushing the high court in a conservative direction, but not everyone is pleased. At the top of that list is abortion.

In addition to abortion, the court could shift to the right on the death penalty, racial discrimination, environmental law and gay rights, all areas where Kennedy at least sometimes joined the court's liberal wing. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

He was interviewed by the President the same weekend as Kavanaugh.

Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.

He characterized the ruling as creating a new right for undocumented immigrant minors in USA custody to receive "immediate abortion on demand".

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.