Judge Brett Kavanaugh is receiving high praises from conservatives as President Donald Trump considers him for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump is expected to soon name a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on abortion rulings. His retirement means Trump will have the opportunity to appoint a second Supreme Court justice who could be a deciding vote in overturning Roe v. Wade and restoring protections for unborn babies in America.
The president reportedly has narrowed down his list to four, including Kavanaugh, who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the past 10 years. Kavanaugh has a lengthy record taking the pro-life side on several legal issues that have come before the courts on which he serves. And top conservatives are praising his record.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union and CPAC, said Kavanaugh would be a “bold, brilliant Supreme Court justice,” Breitbart reports.
“Kavanaugh is not another Roberts; he’s another Scalia, Alito, or Gorsuch. In fact, on issues such as reining in the administrative state, he is arguably more conservative than even those three highly regarded justices,” Schlapp said.
In an op-ed for The Hill, he continued:
There are many examples of Kavanaugh’s willingness to take a stand…. He dissented from a decision that upheld the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate. He explained that public prayer at official government ceremonies is constitutional. And he sided with the Trump administration in a high-profile abortion case, dissenting from what he called a “radical” majority opinion that invented “a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand.”
Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter also defended Kavanaugh as a solid conservative, the Daily Caller reports. She defnded his time working for pro-life President George W. Bush.
“It’s absurd to call Kavanaugh a ‘Bushie’ as the idiots are doing on Twitter,” she said. “Where else would a very smart conservative lawyer work, if he cared about the country? Bush was president — he was the only game in town. Kavanaugh … has a track record on the bench to prove it.”
Here’s more from the Daily Caller:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Miguel Estrada echoed those sentiments, telling Ed Whelan at National Review that attacks on Kavanaugh’s record are “deranged.” Estrada was once seen as a future Republican Supreme Court nominee, until Senate Democrats blocked his nomination for the D.C. Circuit during the George W. Bush administration.
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Whelan, a prominent conservative legal commentator who has been disseminating information about all candidates under consideration, published a comprehensive review of the judge’s record in a series of July 4 posts.
Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, echoed the praise, saying Kavanaugh and the other candidates on Trump’s list all are excellent candidates for the high court.
Kavanaugh recently agreed with the Trump administration that the government does not have to help facilitate abortions for illegal immigrant minors. He also ruled against the Obama HHS mandate that forced Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian-run businesses and organizations to fund drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans.
Sarah Pitlyk, a former law clerk to Kavanaugh and special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a leading pro-life legal group, says the judge has perhaps the best record of any of the finalists Trump is considering. She noted that Kavanaugh has an extensive record of protecting religious liberty and enforcing abortion restrictions.
“On these issues, as on so many others, he has fought for his principles and stood firm against pressure,” Pitlyk said. “He would do the same on the Supreme Court.”
Trump is expected to announce his choice on July 9.