President Donald Trump has picked federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh, 53, is an ideological conservative who is expected to push the court to the right on a number of issues.
The Yale Law School graduate serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Kavanaugh was nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush and confirmed in 2006 by a vote of 57-36.
NBC News reports:
In a 2009 law review article, Kavanaugh said his experience in the White House persuaded him that “the job of president is far more difficult than any other civilian position in government” and that presidents should be exempt from civil lawsuits and criminal investigations or prosecutions while in office. But he wrote that such a change would require Congress to pass appropriate legislation.
Even if that happened, he wrote, the Constitution would provide a check against a law breaker in the Oval Office. “If the president does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available,” Kavanaugh wrote.