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Crosstalk: July 11, 2018

At the White House last evening, President Trump announced his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. It's D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Protests began immediately outside the Supreme Court. Pro-abortion groups immediately denounced the nomination and even some pro-family groups have been waving the caution flag. Returning to Crosstalk to discuss this pick was Mat Staver. Mat is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a non-profit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family. Mat has argued two landmark cases before the Supreme Court.

According to Mat, Brett Kavanaugh is eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court judge. He graduated from Yale as an undergrad in 1987, Yale law school in 1990, spent 2 years as a law clerk for the Federal Court of Appeals with the 3rd circuit, the 9th Circuit, had a one-year fellowship with the office of Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, and he clerked for one year with Justice Anthony Kennedy. He's been on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 2006 to the present. After explaining why it's important for such individuals to be originalists and not simply conservative, Mat read a quote that tells us much about Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy. Kavanaugh said his philosophy is straight forward. He said, 'A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make it.” Every day this week he'll be meeting with senators, he has to fill out a very lengthy questionnaire, at some point the Senate will have hearings and after that will be the full vote.

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