Yoo added that Kethledge "does some of his best writing" from a cabin in Northern Michigan.
Kavanaugh serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "I'll give you the answer", Mr Trump said. "It was distracting. I really had to get that chapter done in the short time I had up there".
Justice Kennedy, 81, recently announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court.
Kethledge, 51, cuts an improbable figure for the capital at this fractious political moment. Asked during his 2008 appeals court confirmation hearing if he had any legal problems in his past, he could only muster "a few speeding tickets a long time ago".
Born in New Jersey, Kethledge grew up in MI and graduated from Birmingham Groves High School before attending the University of MI where he earned a bachelor's and law degree.
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"Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs", he writes. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberals on divisive social issues such as gay rights and abortion, was a key figure on the nine-justice court.
Since then, Kavanaugh has worked in the George W. Bush (43) administration, helping him in the Florida recount, as well as at the Justice Department. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers. A document obtained by TIME that outlines Senate Democratic strategy notes that any nominee that augurs a potential threat to the ACA - particularly to protections for people with preexisting medical conditions - is likely to convince an undecided senator to vote against them.
The opinion concluded that the vehicle theft did not fit the bill of a "crime of violence" and, therefore, was not an "aggravated felony" that warranted deporting him. Hardiman is based in Pittsburgh where he had a private law practice from 1992 to 2003 until he became a judge.
"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Collins told CNN. "That's generally what you want in a potential judicial nominee".
It's important to maintain that caveat, because President Trump has not made a final decision, and it could change.
In 2015, Kethledge joined in an opinion invoking "the fundamental right to possess a gun".