Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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United States President, Donald Trump, has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising confirmation battle.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr. Trump praised his pick as a “brilliant jurist.”

The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W. Bush, the BBC reports.

The decision has far-reaching implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

This is Mr. Trump’s second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the U.S for a generation after he leaves office.

The President said: “Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.”

“He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.”

With reality television-style suspense, Mr. Trump had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

The appointee would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who announced last month that he will retire this summer.

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