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Go deeper: Conservatives voice concerns over top SCOTUS contender

Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images
Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Getty Images

One of President Trump's top Supreme Court contenders, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has reportedly triggered strong reservations among social conservatives who are infuriated over some of his past rulings and close ties to establishment Republicans.

The details: As President Trump narrows down his list of candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, critics are pointing to Kavanaugh's connections to the George W. Bush White House — Trump hates all things Bush — and his record on health care and abortion as being red flags, reports the Washington Post's Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey.