Full Speech: Trump Announces Supreme Court Nomination


my fellow Americans tonight I speak to you from the East room of the White House regarding one of the most profound responsibilities of the president have the United States and that is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice I’ve often heard that other than matters of War and Peace this is the most important decision a president will make a Supreme Court is entrusted with the Safeguard of the crown jewel of our Republic the Constitution of the United States 12 days ago Justice and Kennedy informed me of his decision to take senior status on the Supreme Court opening a new vacancy from more than four decades Justice Kennedy served our nation Within credit passion and devotion I’d like to thank Justice Kennedy for a lifetime of distinguished service in a few moments I will announce my selection for justice Eddie’s replacement this is the second time I’ve been faced with this task last year I nominated judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late great Justice Antonin I chose Justice Gorsuch because I knew that he just Justice Scalia would be a faithful servant of our constitution we are honored to be joined tonight by Justice scalia’s beloved wife Maureen Pokemon both Justice Kennedy and Scalia were appointed by president to wonder stood that the best defense of our Liberty and a judicial branch immune from political prejudiced where judges that apply the Constitution written that President happen to be Ronald Reagan for this evenings announcement we are joined by Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General Edwin meese and that I speak for everyone thank you for everything you’ve to protect our nation’s great legal Heritage in keeping with President Reagan’s Legacy I do not ask about a nominees personal opinions what matters is not a judges 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 so tonight it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court I know the people in this room very well they do not stand and give a place like that very often so they have some respect in Brett’s wife Ashley and their two daughters Margaret and Liza have joined us on the podium and thank you and congratulations to you as a family like you impeccable credentials unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law a graduate of Yale College and Yale law school judge Calvin are currently teaches at Harvard and Georgetown throughout the legal circles he is considered a judges judge a true thought leader among his peers he’s a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style University farted 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 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 the skill inside and rigorous adherence to the law among those opinions are more than I do send that the Supreme Court has adopted as the law of the land Beyond his great Renown as a judge he is active in his community he coaches CYO basketball serves meals to needy families and Having learned from his mom who was a school teacher in DC Tudors children at local elementary schools there is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving I want to thank the Senators on both sides of the Isle Republican and Democrat for their consultation and advice during the selection process this incredibly koala ignominy deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support the rule of law is our nation’s proud Heritage it is the Cornerstone of our freedom it is well guarantees Equal justice and the Senate now has the chance to protect this Lori is Heritage by sending judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court and now judge the podium is yours mr. president thank you throughout this process I’ve witnessed firsthand you’re a pre Jason for the vital role of the American Judiciary no president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a supreme court nomination mr. president I’m grateful to you and I’m humbled by your confidence in me 30 years ago president Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court the framers established that the constitution is designed to secure the blessings of liberty Justice devoted his career to securing Liberty I am deeply honored to be nominated to feel his seat on the Supreme Court my Mom and Dad are here I am there only child when people ask what it’s like to be an only child I say it depends on who your parents are I was lucky my mom was a teacher in the 1960s and 70s who taught history at to largely African-American public high schools in Washington DC McKinley Tech and HD Woodson her example told me the importance of a koala for all Americans my mom was a Trailblazer when I was 10 she went to law school and became a prosecutor my introduction to Wall came at our dinner table when she practiced for closing arguments her trademark line was use your common sense what Rings true what Rings false that’s good advice for a juror and for son one of the few women prosecutors of that time she overcame barriers and became a trial judge the president introduce me tonight as judge Kavanaugh but to me that title always belong to my mom my dad went to school at night while working full-time he has an unparalleled work ethic and is passed down to me his passion for playing and watching sports I love him dearly the motto of my Jesuit High School was men for others I’ve tried to live that Creed I spent my career in public service from the executive branch in the White House to the US court of appeals for the circuit I’ve served with 17 other judges each of them a colleague and a friend might Judicial philosophy of straightforward adjudge must be independent you 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 for the past 11 years I thought hundreds of students primarily at Harvard Law School I teach that the constitution separation of powers protects individual liberty and I remain grateful to the dean you hired me Justice Elena Kagan as a judge I hire for Lockhart each year I look for the best my wall clerks come from diverse backgrounds in points of view I am proud that a majority of my wall Clarks have been women I am part of the vibrant Catholic Community in the DC area the members of Community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve Father John ensler is here 40 years ago I was an altar boy from Father John these days I helped him serve meals to the homeless at Catholic Charities I have to spirited daughters Margaret and Liza Marmot love sports and she loves to read why is it love sports and she loves to talk I have tried to create bonds with my daughters like my dad created with me for the past 7 years I’ve coached my daughter’s basketball teams the girls on the team call me Coach K I am proud of our Blessed Sacrament team that just won the city championship my daughter’s and I also go to lots of games our favorite memory was going to the historic Notre Dame UConn women’s basketball game at this year’s final Unforgettable my wife Ashley is a West Texan a graduate of Abilene Cooper public high school and the University of Texas she is now the town manager of Arkham we met in 2001 when we both worked in the White House our first date was on September 10th 2001 the next warning as a few steps behind her as the sea service shouted at all of us this print out the front Gates of the white house because there was an inbound playing in the difficult weeks that followed Ashley was asked Frank for President Bush and for everyone in this building through bad days and so many better days since then she’s been a great wife and inspiring Mom I thought God everyday for my family tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate what plays an essential role in this process I will tell janitor that I Revere 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 and every case and I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States in the American rule-of-law thank you mr. president
President Trump selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. He has a conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among Republican legal groups.

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