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President Trump picks Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, smiled July 9 at the White House in Washington after President Donald Trump named him his Supreme Court nominee.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"What matters is not a judge's personal views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require," Trump said in his announcement at the White House, adding: "I am pleased to say I have found, without doubt, such a person."

He said the nominee has "impeccable credentials" and is "considered a judge's judge."

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