(NBC News) President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Trump made the announcement at the White House, where he was joined by Kavanaugh and his family. NBC News broke the story shortly before the president made his choice public.
“What matters is not a judge’s personal views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require,” Trump said in the prime-time announcement in the White House East Room. “I am pleased to say I have found, without doubt, such a person.”