President Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a positive, prudent choice given his great intellect, strong judicial credentials and deep respect for the Constitution, argues Akhil Reed Amar in the New York Times. The US Court of Appeals judge for the District of Columbia Circuit is widely respected by jurists, lawyers and scholars. More impressively, he not only faithfully adheres to the Supreme Court but influences it as several of his ideas and arguments have been included in Supreme Court opinions. Another positive attribute is that Kavanaugh is a scholar and has taught courses at leading law schools and has published law review articles; his studiousness and his ability to learn from past mistakes will strengthen the Supreme Court.
Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, is problematic. The Yale college and law school grad, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, may be prestigious, but his record of partisan government service suggests that he is not right for the Court, asserts Jack Mirkinson in Splinter News. Nominated for the US Court of Appeals in 2003, his confirmation was held up by Democrats because of his work for George W. Bush and for helping special prosecutor Ken Starr’s investigation into Bill Clinton, two cases that suggest he will take the court to the right, as do his conservative views on abortion, birth control, the environment and gun rights. He also defers to presidential power in certain high-profile cases, which could impact the current Russia investigation.