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President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is nominating influential conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right.
 
Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.
 
Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.
 
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton and worked in the White House during George W. Bush's presidency.

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Once the nomination of influential conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh was announced, Montana and Wyoming political leaders were quick to respond.
In a press release, Montana U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester, said in a statement he plans to meet with Kavanaugh in the coming weeks.

He also said, "I take my Constitutional duty to screen the President's nominees very seriously, and in the coming weeks I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. Montanans have a lot on the line with this next supreme court justice so i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what's best for this nation."

Montana U.S. Republican Senator Steve Daines joined President Trump at the White House for the historic announcement and sent KULR-8 a video saying, "As a United States Senator, confirming a Supreme Court justice is one of the most consequential votes I will take," said Daines. "Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive background and excellent experience. I look forward to meeting with the nominee and reviewing their judicial record to ensure we are putting the most qualified justice on the highest court to defend the United States Constitution."

 Montana Attorney General Tim Fox also made a statement regarding the nomination and said, "President Trump made an excellent decision. Judge Kavanaugh is a brilliant jurist with a proven record of objectively interpreting laws and the constitution. I urge the United States Senate to give this nomination adequate consideration, followed by swift confirmation."

Wyoming's Republican US Senator John Barrasso released a statement on Kavanaugh that said, "The job of any judge – and certainly any Supreme Court justice – is to apply the law, not rewrite it. Judge kavanaugh has the intellect, character and temperament to be an outstanding justice of the supreme court. i look forward to meeting him, following the confirmation hearings and learning more about his past decisions."
 
Montana's Governor Steve Bullock, released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court saying "Our fundamental rights as Americans are at stake, from access to basic healthcare and a woman's right to choose to voting rights, workers' rights and marriage equality. It is incumbent upon Congress - both Republicans and Democrats - to ensure any Supreme Court nominee respects the rights of Americans and rejects activists' invitations to tinker with settled law."
 
Congressman Greg Gianforte also sent a statement: "President Trump has again nominated a constitutional conservative who will interpret our laws, not make laws from the bench. Given his background and record, I am confident Judge Kavanaugh will make an extraordinary justice who will adhere to America's constitutional principles and protect our freedoms," Gianforte said. "The Senate should quickly confirm President Trump's well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court."

Republican candidate, Matt Rosendale, also chimed in on the matter:
"President Trump is absolutely right – Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees to the Supreme Court, with a proven record of upholding our Constitution and following the rule of law. For eight years, Jon Tester stood side by side with President Obama and voted for his judicial nominees 99% of the time, including Sotomayor and Kagan. Then, when President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, he voted against a fellow Westerner who is committed to following the Constitution and protecting our right to bear arms. Jon Tester now has to decide; does he side with the far left in Washington or with Montana? I'm a straight shooter, I'll stand with the people of Montana and President Trump to support Kavanaugh's nomination because there is no doubt that he will defend our Constitution and protect our Montana way of life."

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