Trump says happy with Kavanaugh's performance at confirmation hearings

06 September, 2018, 21:09 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A protester is removed during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

But Leahy said that based on emails given to the Senate Judiciary Committee before the hearing, there is new evidence that Kavanaugh was aware of the stolen information.

"Have you discussed [special counsel Robert] Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer?" she asked.

"I would have been frankly shocked if he had answered those questions", said Paul M. Collins, and Director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the co-author of "Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change". "So sad to see!"

Kavanaugh proved hard to pin down during the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, despite an onslaught of pressure from Democrats.

Democrats called for a delay until thousands of those pages are available for them to fully review.

"We don't rewrite those laws", he said, adding the executive branch also should not rewrite law.

One of the big questions surrounding Kavanaugh is how he would vote on cases related to Roe vs. Wade. "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said Sen.

Yes. The committee received 42,000 pages of documents Monday night.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, introduced Guttenberg and several other advocates during her opening statement. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) brought the hearing to order, he was interrupted by multiple protests.

Grassley and company this week are striving mightily to ensure that a historically unpopular president who picked a historically unpopular Supreme Court nominee will likely get that nominee onto the court despite an unprecedented amount of secrecy over the nominee's record. Kavanaugh is expected to push the court to the right.

Feinstein's assertion that more people would die if Kavanaugh would be confirmed because of his pro-gun stance and his refusal to agree with her assault weapons ban is nothing shy of anti-gun rhetoric at its finest. They characterized the hearing as a "charade and mockery of our norms".

After Bush moved into the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court in 2003.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing has strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections, but as a practical matter Democrats lack the votes to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Should he win confirmation, Kavanaugh would be Trump's second nominee on the nine-member bench, and could solidify a hard-right court majority and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be back at the witness table Thursday, after fielding more than 10 hours of questions on Wednesday. Republicans countered Kavanaugh's judicial opinions, which should be the greatest indicators of his qualifications, are public record and should be the focus of the hearing. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff". He likened it to another controversial, landmark Supreme Court decision, the Miranda ruling about the rights of criminal suspects. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years. Trump's successful first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, also was a Kennedy law clerk the same year as Kavanaugh.

According to Fox News, Capitol Police have arrested around two dozen protestors who were disrupting the hearing and others were escorted out of the room.

Kyl plans to be in Washington in time to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. He explained in detail how Kavanaugh's nomination fits into the broader picture of conservative control over the Supreme Court and how Senate Republicans were complicit in delivering judicial ideologues like Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the precipice of the High Court, the job of a lifetime.


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