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

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

A major issue in Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings is Democratic anger over the limited release of documents related to his time working for President George W. Bush.

Sitting in the hearing, Kavanaugh blanched at that description of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 supreme court decision that effectively legalized abortion in the US.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh answered questions about his views on executive power, abortion, and gun laws, but mostly declined to comment on issues that could be part of a future case before the Supreme Court. "Make them public? I don't think you do!" "You said in our meeting that Congress would likely act quickly if the president does something, in your words, 'dastardly, '" Klobuchar said. "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris.

Booker's office later released the document (read it here) in which Kavanaugh was critical of some Department of Transportation affirmative action policies.

On top of that, there is a large period time-from Kavanaugh's time as an associate White House counsel in the Bush administration, which he himself has called a "formative" job in shaping his career-from which very few records have been made available to the senators.

"No senator deserves to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate, in my view, if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate and the determination of confidentiality and classification".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, during his second day of Senate confirmation hearings Wednesday, defended his dissent in a federal court decision that upheld the controversial Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Kavanaugh said Thursday that he has not discussed or given any hints about his views of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In a 2002 email, Kavanaugh writes that security procedures adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks should ultimately be race-neutral, though he acknowledged that developing such procedures could take time. Instead, he said he opposes unlawful regulation.

Defying rules of the Senate and in protest of the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democrat, Sen.




The draft, meant to be submitted under the name of a "high-profile, pro-choice" women in support of a Bush judicial nominee, had said that "it is widely understood accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are the settled law of the land".

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee each had 30 minutes to ask Kavanaugh questions.

As they did the day before, a succession of shouting protesters interrupted the session, opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, before being removed by security personnel.

"The fundamental problem in this case is that these DOT regulations use a lot of legalisms and disguises to mask what is a naked racial set-aside", Kavanaugh wrote in 2001, adding that he expected the court's conservative justices to "realize as much in short order and rule accordingly".

After more questions from senators on Thursday, the hearing is set to wrap up on Friday with testimony from outside witnesses.

Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's grueling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence.

Kavanaugh appeared puzzled by the question and asked Harris if she was referring to a specific person.

"Have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation?"

Leahy presented Kavanaugh with claims the judge made during the mid-2000s confirmation hearings about never receiving the stolen emails. "I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us", she said.

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