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President Donald Trump Has Chosen Appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh as His Supreme Court Nominee

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President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court pick — announced tonight at a the White House. His is an appellate judge from Maryland whose work on the Starr Report drew the ire of Democrats when President George W. Bush nominated him for the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Brett M. Kavanaugh, who grew up in Bethesda, serves on the federal appeals court in D.C.

A longtime protege of Kenneth Starr, Kavanaugh had been on the White House’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees in November when he selected Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia.

After the announcement came that Justice Anthony Kennedy would be retiring at the end of July, Kavanaugh had been mentioned again as a possible nominee.

ndits had suggested the top contenders for the role were Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman — all federal appeals judges.

Kavanaugh, 53, made a name for himself in the 1990s during two Clinton-era scandals. He led the Whitewater independent counsel’s inquiry into the death of Clinton White House counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr. and later wrote much of the Starr Report — which included graphic details about then-President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

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