Many considered Brett Kavanaugh the front-runner to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, even before Kennedy announced his retirement. Despite his credentials, Kavanaugh still met resistance within Trump world.
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Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a federal judge by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006. President George W. Bush looks on. Kavanaugh is Trump's pick to replace Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
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The Supreme Court term that just concluded was a small taste of what is to come. In all, 13 of the cases decided by a liberal-conservative split, Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the fifth and deciding conservative vote.
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In this June 1, 2017 file photo Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch is seen during an official group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.
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