Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes

Video: The first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings on September 4 was delayed almost 90 minutes as Democrats made repeated requests for Kavanaugh documents along with motions to adjourn.

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Politico, citing unnamed sources, reported that during a Labor Day conference call, Democratic senators debated whether to walk out in protest of the Republican opposition to the release of millions of pages of missing Kavanaugh documents.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

Democrats have been fiercely critical of the Trump administration for not providing sufficient documentation about Kavanaugh’s time in Bush’s White House, where he may have played key roles in terrorism-related decisions such as permitting the torture of detainees.

If confirmed as the Supreme Court’s ninth justice, he is likely to tilt an already conservative high court even more reliably to the right.

“Indeed, some pledged to oppose Judge Kavanaugh from the moment of announcement”, he said, noting that shortly after President Trump announced his selection, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “said that he would fight Judge Kavanaugh with everything he’s got”. SUBSCRIBE NOW and hit the bell to be the first in the know. He has since said that presidents should not be subject to criminal investigations while still in office, a position that could affect Trump in the future. “Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself”, he said.

Answering a question from Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, Kavanaugh said he could not commit to recusing himself from any cases involving investigations or civil lawsuits relating to the president.

Liberals are concerned that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. Republicans countered Kavanaugh’s judicial opinions, which should be the greatest indicators of his qualifications, are public record and should be the focus of the hearing. Still, he began his long day in the witness chair by declaring that “no one is above the law”.

Democrats are keen to push Mr Kavanaugh on the issue, he adds. Republicans want to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the November midterm elections. Kavanaugh said the court specifically reaffirmed both decisions in later cases that made them “precedent on precedent”.

Kavanaugh is intimately familiar with the issue of White House documents and judicial nominations.

This letter is to request that President Trump withdraw his claim of “constitutional privilege” over Judge Kavanaugh’s White House records and ensure that these documents are available to Congress and the public.

Trump has often criticized the federal judiciary.

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“To be consistent with the principle of the independence of the judiciary, I should not and may not make a commitment about how I would handle a particular case”, Kavanaugh said.

“If the Supreme Court were to adopt your reasoning”, she said, “I feel the number of victims would continue to grow”.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

“I told the truth and the whole truth in my prior testimony”, Kavanaugh said.

Republicans said Tuesday that their staff had enough time to review the documents, but Sen.

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As the hearing eventually got underway amid constant interruptions from protesters, Grassley sought to turn attention to Kavanaugh’s qualifications, calling him “one of the most qualified nominees-if not the most qualified nominee-I have seen”.

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanugh To Be Supreme Court Justice