Indian-American legal eagle backs Trump choice

Category : USA News
Updated On : July 11, 2018 05:44 AM
By Indian Times Daily

An American constitutional scholar of Indian-origin has proffered a stirring and weighty endorsement of President Donald Trump’s nomination to the US Supreme Court of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process is expected to roil the country’s politics in the coming weeks before his inevitable elevation tilts America decisively to the right for many decades.

Hours after President Trump made known his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy with Kavanaugh, Akhil Amar, considered one of America’s foremost legal minds, pitched in, calling him a ''superb nominee'' and warning that any Democratic opposition to him would be a mistake.

Amar’s endorsement is remarkable because by his own admission, he strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation was stalled by Republicans.

''But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh,'' Amar wrote in a controversial NYT OpEd, maintaining that Trump had lived up to his promise to pick ''someone with impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment, and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution of the United States.''

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