President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he nominated United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo talked with a panel of experts on his show to get their first reactions to President Trump’s pick.
CNN’s legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said that it was all political and the majority of the picks were “swampy selections.”
“The biggest myths in Washington, D.C. is that judges are not political. Obviously they’re very political both in bad ways and in good ways,” Toobin said. “He’s smart. He knows what he’s doing. In fact, he was the one who recommended to president George W. Bush, at least according to Bush in ‘Decision Points’, his autobiography, that Roberts be the pick.”
Toobin continued: “Bush was trying to decide between a number of conservative judges, and he said, which one will be the one who will be a leader because, remember, it was for the chief justice seat.”
“It was Kavanaugh, who recommended John Roberts. And I think that John Roberts is somebody that he has followed his career and modeled himself after. We should also point out that I think Neil Gorsuch was two years ahead of him at Georgetown prep. So these are swampy selections,” he concluded.
CNN’s Jake Tapper chimed in and said that some senator would refuse him. “I think you’re going to see a lot of statements from senators saying I’m going to take this person seriously. One key statement, we’ve seen from Chuck Schumer, said he’s going to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything he has,” Tapper said.
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