Published July 9, 2018
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to become an associate judge on the United States Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh, 53, currently is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals by George W. Bush in 2003. However, his confirmation took three years in the U.S. Senate and he became a judge on the court of appeals in 2006.
Senate Democrats said he was too partisan, young and inexperienced during the three-year delay in his confirmation. Democrats also called him too partisan because of his work for independent counsel Kenneth Star in the investigation of President Bill Clinton. He also was criticized for working on the Florida recount in 2000.
Previously, Kavanaugh served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the nation’s highest court 12 days ago. Kavanaugh is considered a conservative in legal circles.