President Donald Trump nominated District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the impending vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

Trump said Kavanaugh is "considered a judge's judge and a true thought leader."

He served as a clerk for Kennedy.

Kavanaugh offered remarks after being announced by Trump.

He said that he values the fact Trump shows an "appreciation for vital role of the American judiciary."

"No president has consulted more widely... to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination," he said.

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"Mr. President I am grateful to you and I'm humbled by your confidence in me," Kavanaugh said to Trump.

Kavanaugh spoke at length about his family.

He joked that that his daughter's sports teams refer to him as "Coach K." -- a reference to Duke University's championship basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"I thank God every day for my family," he said.

"I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our Constitutional republic," Kavanaugh said in his speech, as he now awaits his Capitol Hill hearing.

Kavanaugh is a native of the District of Columbia and attended both Georgetown Preparatory School and Georgetown University.

He was appointed to the appeals bench by President George W. Bush.

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