Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Erupts in Chaos

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Erupts in Chaos

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Erupts in Chaos

But when asked more specific questions, including whether a president can be required to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said, "I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question". And Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, confirmed before starting his questioning of Kavanaugh that McConnell's move to adjourn the Senate until noon on Thursday allows the hearing to continue. Meanwhile, CNN reported that two Democratic Senators facing reelection in states where Trump won by double digits, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, said they have seen nothing disqualifying him from confirmation so far.

Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz expressed disappointment with Kavanaugh's answer.

Trump characterized the opposition to Kavanaugh as a sign of desperation by Democrats, who don't have the votes to derail Kavanaugh from being seated on the court because they are in the minority.

But Democrats are powerless to delay a vote on Kavanaugh since McConnell led Republicans, during the Gorsuch nomination, in eliminating the 60-vote filibuster threshold that had been in place for Supreme Court nominations.

Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. Booker says the email shows Kavanaugh was at least open to racial profiling by police. In response to Grassley's first question, about what makes a good judge, he invoked his mother, herself a judge.

"Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened", Shah wrote. "I'm deciding whether the policy is consistent with Supreme Court precedent".

Kavanaugh said he is sensitive to the tragedy of gun violence, having been born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, which was once known as the "murder capital".

The Supreme Court is more often thought of as nine separate judges, rather than a team. Kennedy had a track record of siding with the more liberal justices on the bench on some decisions, the more conservative wing on others. Specifically, the court in its decision said the agency had the authority to reclassify internet services as a so-called Title II service under the Communications Act.

The Republicans have a razor-thin majority in the Senate but are nevertheless expected to have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November.

"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen.

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Democrats also persisted with their complaints that they were being denied access to records from Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House.

Harris, a former California attorney general, was the last Democrat to ask questions in Wednesday's marathon hearing. This could have potentially pushed the hearing into the weekend or even next week.

Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh had also made the point that he wasn't anti-regulation.

As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen. The next Democrat to question Kavanaugh was Leahy, who argued that Kavanaugh may have perjured himself in front of the committee over a decade ago when he said he didn't know that a staffer on the judiciary committee had stolen emails detailing Democratic strategy on Bush's judicial nominees when he was Bush's staff secretary.

"It is about politics", said Cruz.

Then Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another Democrat, chimed in. Independent Sen. Angus King of ME also stopped in for part of the session. The ruling was later overturned and she had the abortion. Women in both Ireland and Argentina have also donned the capes and hats to promote abortion rights.

Feinstein was Wednesday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day". And when Justice Rehnquist was nominated, the Committee refused to go forward with hearings until the White House produced records over which it initially indicated it might claim privilege.

All this was punctuated by noisy protesters shouting and screaming and being dragged from the hearing room one by one.

"This is a travesty of justice!" shouted one.

"We need you to be a hero."

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