Brett Kavanaugh, the election of Donald Trump to fill a crucial vacancy in the Supreme Court, is a conservative judge of the appeals court that has firmly defended the executive power of the presidency and describes himself as a strict adherent to the Constitution. from the USA UU
Big bets and fierce passions stirred up by the nomination of all life were on display this week as shouts of protests and Democratic demands for a postponement welcomed the start of their confirmation hearing in the Senate.
Kavanaugh, 53, who was no stranger to Washington politics, stood stony-faced all the time.
If it is confirmed that he is the ninth judge of the Supreme Court, he is likely to incline a superior conservative court to the right.
Under intense scrutiny are his decisions over the past 11 years as a judge in the US Court of Appeals. UU In Washington, as well as his previous roles as legal advisor to former President George W. Bush and a participant in a special investigation that led to the ouster of former President Bill Clinton.
Democrats have protested against the White House's retention of 100,000 pages of documents related to his years in the Bush White House. Republicans respond that they have already received more than 400,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh.
"There is no one in the United States more qualified for this position and no one more deserving," Trump said when announcing his nomination to the White House.
Kavanaugh began his career as an employee of Anthony Kennedy, justice long considered a decisive vote in the Supreme Court, and will succeed him on the bench if it is confirmed.
"Justice Kennedy dedicated his career to securing freedom, and I am deeply honored to be nominated for his seat on the Supreme Court," Kavanaugh said as Trump announced his White House nomination on July 9.
"My judicial philosophy is simple: a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law," he said.
But the USA Today newspaper has called it a "controversial" choice for Trump.
A graduate of Yale University, in the 1990s he directed an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton's advisor, Vince Foster, linked to the Whitewater controversy, which began as an investigation into the real estate investments of the presidential couple.
Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report on Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and in which several motives for Clinton's impeachment were outlined.
Later he was part of George Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida count, which resulted in Bush winning the presidency.
Ammunition for opponents
After Bush moved to the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as a legal advisor before appointing him to the appeals court in 2003.
But Kavanaugh's nomination languished for three years, as Democrats fired sparks over his participation in Bush's recount team. Finally it was confirmed in 2006.
In 2012, Kavanaugh was part of a panel that eliminated a measure from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce air pollution in the United States.
He recently expressed his disagreement with a judicial decision that allows an unauthorized immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion.
An active Catholic practitioner in several religious organizations, Kavanaugh is a married father of two girls.
Some Republicans have expressed concern that Kavanaugh's extensive background in several critical cases could give ammunition for opponents to delay the confirmation process or ruin the nomination.
The lawyers who had argued cases before Kavanaugh remembered him as an active interrogator from the bench, and a very well prepared lawyer who would fit into a Supreme Court whose judges are not shy in their oral discussions with the defenders.
While Kavanaugh's record has antagonized conservatives at times, his position in executive authority may have convinced him of Trump.
With the president facing extensive investigation by Special Advisor Robert Mueller, he may have asked him to nominate a judge who has argued that the commander-in-chief must be protected from criminal prosecution while in office.
In the Minnesota Legal Review, Kavanaugh argued that while the country requires a check against "a president who misbehaves or breaks the law," that check is provided only by the US Constitution. UU
"If the president does something cowardly, the challenge process is available," Kavanaugh wrote. "No prosecutor, judge or jury should be able to comply with what the Constitution assigns to Congress."