Brett Kavanaugh: Supreme Court pick 'questioned abortion ruling'

07 September, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Sam Montgomery
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The conflict arose after Mr. Booker probed Judge Kavanaugh Wednesday night over his thoughts on race in America - and demanded he explain 2002 emails where he said the Supreme Court nominee discussed racial profiling.

Here's why he did so - and what's likely to happen as a result.

The hearings are expected to continue on Friday with testimony from outside witnesses presented by committee Republicans and Democrats.

Kavanaugh said that all he had written back in the email was "who signed this?" - evidence, he said, that he believed the letter had been made public by the time it was in his possession. Journalist Bob Woodward's new book about Trump says Kavanaugh recommended Porter for the job.

A long day of questioning awaits the 53-year-old appellate judge, whom Trump nominated in July to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, objected to Booker's use of the word sham. "And he'll keep releasing them because Republicans are hiding Brett Kavanaugh's record from the American people".

Some documents have been withheld altogether.

A number of Democrats on the committee then stepped forward to say they would also share any consequences suffered by Booker for releasing Kavanaugh's emails.

In previous writings, Kavanaugh has advocated more latitude within the executive branch. And when he asked if Harris had a specific person in mind that he may have talked to, she replied, "I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us".

"It's inappropriate to raise these in an open session before the committee", replied Sen. "Let's go through that process because I think the public should understand that at a moment someone is up for a lifetime appointment.I hope they'll follow through".

"The public has a right to access documents about a Supreme Court nominee's views on issues that are profoundly important, such as race and the law", he continued. "I don't recall any inappropriate conversations about the investigation", he said. He's not going to be cowed by the rules of the Senate.

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"Senator Cornyn made a very good point".

"You'll never have a nominee who's ruled for a more unpopular defendant", Kavanaugh said.

"I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", Mr Kavanaugh said.

When asked whether a sitting President should be forced to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said, "My understanding is that you're asking me to give my view on a potential hypothetical, and that is something that each of the eight justices now sitting on the Supreme Court, when they were sitting in my seat, declined to decide potential hypothetical cases".

He added, "We are rushing through this before me and my colleagues and read and digest the information". Cornyn was particularly exercised about Booker's decision, telling the committee that "running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate". Leahy can not present the evidence to Kavanaugh at the hearing b/c they have been designated "Committee Confidential."Call yr Sen". "That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator". Later Thursday, Grassley's spokesperson further elaborated that they had been cleared at 4 a.m. ET: "The senators were notified of this before speaking began this morning".

Booker is talking here about Texas Sen.

"I've been told that the Senate minority leader or someone on the Democratic Party has invoked the two-hour rule".

"All of us are ready to face that rule on the bogus designation of committee confidential", said Sen.

Much of this is political melodrama, certainly. These senators are showing the sort of courage as well as the genuine moral compass we wish politicians exhibited all the time. Those were for more traditional offenses: fraud, corruption, abuse of power. Klobuchar, wearing a blue jacket and top, publicly supported Booker during his act of civil disobedience on Thursday, saying that the hearing was "ramrodded through" for "political reasons".

The Senate could, however, move to impose a less severe form of punishment known as "censure". Democratic Sens. Booker, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all widely considered to be potential presidential contenders in 2020, have each used their time in the highly publicized hearings to maximum effect to lay groundwork for a potential campaign.

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