Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Kavanaugh Defends Judicial Record As Democrats Seek Answers On Hot-Button Issues

Kavanaugh Defends Judicial Record As Democrats Seek Answers On Hot-Button Issues

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court, which already had a conservative majority, further to the right.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano - who acknowledged he has been friends with Booker for 20-plus years, although they agree on very little politically - said the New Jersey senator will "absolutely not" face any discipline.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging senators to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. A lawyer for former president George W. Bush provided 415,000 pages of documents last week, but the Trump administration made a decision to withhold 100,000 pages from the Senate under executive privilege. The document is partially black out. He again declined to say whether the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade, was correctly decided, though he indicated - as he also had on Wednesday - that it is a decision that merits respect as "an important precedent of the Supreme Court" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

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If that headline struck you as not-terribly-shocking, you must not be a Democrat desperate to block Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Senator Ben Sasse used his time to say how much he was exhausted of the theatrics and "patently absurd" criticisms that had been lobbed at Kavanaugh that he claimed were not based on truth or even anything to do with the nominee but rooted in misdirected political fervor. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy". Referring to Burck as a "partisan operative", Booker argued that Burck's involvement undermined the process.

Democrats say they were blindsided by 42,000 relevant documents dropped late Monday night.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn said that if Booker went ahead he would commit and offense that would be tantamount to releasing classified information.

"My process was fair, " Grassley said as he opened the session. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) also released committee confidential documents Thursday morning, writing on Twitter that "they show that Judge Kavanaugh wrongly believes that Native Hawaiian programs are Constitutionally questionable". President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance. The firm in question was founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump.

Not all Democrats have said they will oppose Mr Kavanaugh, and several may even support his nomination.

Repercussions of the "Me Too" era made an appearance at Kavanaugh's hearing.

The protests were so constant that Wednesday's hearing assumed a decidedly halting cadence, and senators expressed frustration at the interruptions.

But a spokesman for McConnell said the GOP leader did not recess the Senate to avoid Democrats' procedural maneuvering.

Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh has repeatedly insisted he fully embraces the importance of judicial independence.

Harris then asked him if he agreed with the president's assertion that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville in August 2017. I understand. I live in the real world. Still, he began his long day in the witness chair by declaring that "no one is above the law".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is clarifying that he can't recall any "inappropriate conversations" with a Washington law firm about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The 53-year-old appellate judge answered cautiously when asked about most of those matters, refusing an invitation from Democratic Sen.

The 53-year-old appellate court judge, hoping to fill the vacant seat on the nine-member high court, told lawmakers he has not hesitated to make unpopular rulings in the past, citing his opinion in a case releasing Osama bin Laden's former chauffeur, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, from detention at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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