Lee complained that Booker was relying on an unreleased e-mail to question Kavanaugh’s openness to racial profiling by police, but then agreed to work for its release.
Senate Democrats are appealing to Republican Sens. He says, “the signs and signals are plain”. Kavanaugh said that he was not discussing his views, but rather “what legal scholars might say”. John Cornyn of Texas for making such a suggestion. He also echoed some of what Sasse said about Supreme Court justices not acting based on politics or policy preferences, but on the law, regardless of its outcome.
“No one is above the law in our constitutional system”, he said. “I concur with what you’re doing”, he said.
Booker’s fellow Democrats expressed support. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday, Kavanaugh explained he was simply summarizing views of legal scholars, not offering his own view. As the Times notes, Kavanaugh didn’t state his personal opinion on the matter. “I think you’re thinking of someone but you don’t want to tell us”.
Democrats have called for Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to be delayed until Mueller’s investigation concludes or he recuses himself from cases that may involve the president directly, though they have so far been unsuccessful.
Harris seemed unconvinced by Kavanaugh’s reaction. Harris said he doesn’t need to see a list to recall whether he’s talked to anyone at the firm in the 15 months since Mueller’s probe was launched.
Kavanaugh is fielding a second, shorter round of questions from members of the committee Thursday. Kavanaugh promised a “completely open mind” if such issues came before him as a judge. Some senators repeatedly questioned his loyalty to the president.
Kavanaugh also told Sen. He cited his ruling in a SC case upholding the state’s new voter ID law.
Many reports claimed that Judge Kavanaugh thought the president was above the law.
In a 2002 Kavanaugh email released by Booker’s office, Kavanaugh with the subject line “racial profiling” about internal White House discussions on whether airport security and other law enforcement should strive for a “race-neutral” system after 9/11. The Judiciary Committee is now holding that email on a confidential basis. “Bring the charges”, said Booker. Mazie Hirono announced that she, too, would release “committee confidential” documents.
Cornyn said that Booker and other Democrats risked being expelled from the Senate.
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. The NY Times has received some leaked documents from Kavanaugh’s time as a lawyer in the George W. Bush administration.
The Republican National Committee on Thursday mocked Sen. The document is partially black out.
“In my view, the White House should not be involved in the SG’s formulation of a position in the first instance, but rather only in approving or disapproving what the SG proposes”, Kavanaugh wrote in a 2001 email.
Democrats have accused Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat when they refused to consider Merrick Garland, Democratic former President Barack Obama’s nominee to the high court, in 2016. “For instance, you could break air passengers down into groups of those with/without US passports, those with/withiout recent global travel, those with/without criminal history, et cetera, and subject persons in higher risk categories to higher levels of scrutiny”.
Mr. Booker quoted from the emails during his questioning of the judge.