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Trump Selects Brett Kavanaugh to Safeguard 'The Crown Jewel of the Republic, Our Constitution'

On Monday, President Donald Trump exercised "one of the most profound responsibilities of the president of the United States," choosing a Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States," Trump said.

He praised Kavanaugh as an originalist, noting that he coaches basketball, serves meals to needed families, and tutors children at elementary schools.

Kavanaugh thanked the president, praising him as the most diligent in searching for excellent judges. "No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination. Mr. President, I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your faith in me," he declared. He thanked his mother for her example, calling her a "trailblazer."

He remembered hearing his mother's "closing arguments" at the "dinner table."

Kavanaugh added that he is "proud" that most of his clerks have been women. He also discussed his Roman Catholic faith, and spoke about going to women's basketball games.

He described his wife Ashley as "a great wife and an inspiring mom. I thank God every day for my family."

Kavanaugh admitted he would have a tough road ahead. "I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution," he said. "I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel in our republic."

Kavanaugh also pledged to "keep an open mind about every case."