Kavanaugh: Judge must interpret the law

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh is expected to hit the U.S. Senate office buildings Tuesday to make his case to lawmakers why he deserves to sit on our nation's highest court.

Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's nominee to become the next Supreme Court justice. The president made the announcement in a primetime speech Monday night.

Kavanaugh is 53-years-old and is a judge on the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He teaches at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.

"Throughout legal circles, he's considered a 'judge's judge,'" said President Trump. "A true thought-leader among his peers."

Kavanaugh once clerked for Anthony Kennedy -- the outgoing justice Kavanaugh could replace.

"My judicial philosophy is straight-forward. A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law," Kavanaugh explained.

It’s been less than two weeks since Kennedy, who sat on the High Court for 30 years, announced his retirement. President Trump turned to a list of 25 names compiled after Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation last year. The White House called the president’s decision-making process “transparent, consistent, and principled.”

Even before the announcement, the president’s detractors on Capitol Hill voiced criticism.

“It is near impossible to imagine that President Trump would select a nominee who isn’t hostile to our health care law…who isn’t hostile to a woman’s freedom to make her own health care decisions," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Kavanaugh will now have to answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee. If that committee approves his nomination, it will be sent to the full Senate, and it will require 51 votes to be confirmed.