What Kavanaugh Did at the White House

What Kavanaugh Did at the White House

What Kavanaugh Did at the White House

"The only question that's ever been debated is whether the actual process should happen while still in office", Kavanaugh said.

Liberals are concerned Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn the 1973 abortion ruling. He said judges should not make decisions based on who people are, but "whether they have the law on their side". "I can tell you for a fact that Brett didn't know, because no one knew" aside from some other staffers.

Kavanaugh said he reversed the conviction of a man in a military commissions case who was convicted for an offense that wasn't an identified crime at the time it happened.

"When he says, 'It's all about precedent for me, ' I think on some level he's objectively being honest", Clark said by phone Wednesday.

"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.

As they did the day before, protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, before being removed from the room by security personnel.

Chief among them was his views on abortion amid concerns that Kavanaugh's confirmation will all but ensure an end to legal abortion across the U.S., long a goal of ultra-conservatives.

He calls the landmark 1974 case forcing President Richard Nixon to turn over White House tapes "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

Inside the hearing, protesters shouted out, and Democrats immediately demanded the hearing be stalled until thousands of documents from Kavanaugh's time as a Bush-era White House lawyer are reviewed.

"This is something I've never gone through before", Grassley acknowledged.

Wednesday is the second day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.


But Klobuchar suggested his interpretation, which differed from the rest of his peers on the DC Circuit, who were appointed by both Democrats and Republicans, seemed to be a pattern with Kavanaugh, in which he used Supreme Court precedents selectively to arrive at a particular outcome.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL asked Kavanaugh if he would seek a delay in his hearing so the paper trail could be vetted.

He gave a similar answer to Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy who asked whether a president could issue a pardon to himself or to someone else in exchange for promising not to testify against the president.

Several lawmakers argued in their opening statements that the judge would be sympathetic to Trump, should such a situation arise, and that he was considered a potential ally for the president.

The judge's work in the George W. Bush White House also has figured in the hearing, particularly as Democratic senators have fought for access to his documents from his three years as staff secretary that could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.

Members of the committee will have 30 minutes each to question Kavanaugh on a variety of issues and on his record as a federal judge.

As protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room, Kavanaugh sat fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead. They're raising the question of whether Republicans are trying to hide something in Kavanaugh's record.

The Senate can not fulfill its constitutional duty if the White House withholds documents necessary for Senators to know whether a nominee has been truthful in testimony before the Committee.

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.

Vermont's senior senator accused the judge of being aware of emails stolen from Leahy and other Democrats from 2001 to 2003 and having knowledge of the warrantless surveillance of United States citizens that went into effect in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. He grilled Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge for 12 years, about abortion rights, gun control and the Affordable Care Act. Kavanaugh promised a "completely open mind" if such issues came before him as a judge. John McCain. When Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will hold 51 of the 100 seats.

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