Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court

10 July 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday (July 9) announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle and helped investigate Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

In picking the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81.