Analysis: Trump Picks Kavanaugh For Supreme Court President Trump announced his choice to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would solidify the court's conservative majority. This episode: political reporter Asma Khalid, Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio station at npr.org/stations.
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Analysis: Trump Picks Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

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Analysis: Trump Picks Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

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Analysis: Trump Picks Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

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President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has deep ties to former President George W. Bush. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has deep ties to former President George W. Bush.

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President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers," Trump said of Kavanaugh. "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time. And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy."

Kavanaugh, 53, has served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for 12 years, writing nearly 300 opinions during his time on the bench.

He's known for his work with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of then-President Bill Clinton. He also served as a White House counsel, and later as a staff secretary, under President George W. Bush.

On this NPR Politics Podcast, political reporter Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson and congressional reporter Kelsey Snell explore Kavanaugh's background and why Trump nominated him to serve on the high court.

They'll also discuss reaction from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to Kavanaugh's nomination and explain how the confirmation fight may impact the 2018 midterms.