Brett Kavanaugh sidesteps Senate questions on Roe v Wade

Brett Kavanaugh sidesteps Senate questions on Roe v Wade

He dodged a question about whether a president must respond to a subpoena, an issue that could come into play as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates possible collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow.

Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Kavanaugh on his position with regard to the historic abortion case and on its precedent, as it would affect his rulings should he be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.

But the Senate Judiciary Committee, controlled by Republicans, said they could review numerous same documents sent directly by the Bush library in time for the hearings to begin Tuesday.

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.

On Wednesday, under questioning from Democrats, Kavanaugh declined invitations to promise he would not vote to reverse Roe, saying it would violate judicial norms to promise a vote on any particular case.

Cornyn criticized Senate Democrats' "high jinks" after they invoked a rarely enforced rule to shut down Senate floor proceedings at 1:16 p.m.in protest of the confirmation hearings.

Dreith acknowledged that the numbers are on Kavanaugh's side but said she and other protesters are hoping to bolster Democrats on the committee and possibly sway one or two Republicans.

President Donald Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face punishing questioning from Democrats this week over his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion.

A man whose daughter died in the Stoneman Douglas shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing.

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

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"To know that women are able to express themselves wholly and separately and be inspired is absolutely bigger than me, and bigger than any expectation I would have thought could come of this kind of career and work", she says. Kavanaugh considered the judge a friend and mentor and Kozinski testified at Kavanaugh's 2006 confirmation hearing to be an appellate judge.

Republicans hold a one-vote Senate majority. Independent Sen. Angus King of ME also stopped in for part of the session.

"Senator, I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions of that sort", the judge responded.

Kavanaugh also is likely to face questions about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. When Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE, who is one of the Senators who has introduced legislation to protect the Special Counsel's office, asked about the article Kavanaugh authored in 1998 arguing that a President can fire a Special Counsel investigating him, he declined to delve into any more detail.

But abortion was her chief focus.

Senate Democrat Dick Durbin pressed Kavanaugh over his dissenting opinion in a 2017 case involving a pregnant undocumented immigrant.

Kavanaugh said he considers the Roe v. Wade abortion decision "an important decision. settled law" that has been "reaffirmed many times". "The independence of the judiciary is critical to the confidence of the American people". "Even [former Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia understood that weapons that are most useful in military service can in fact be regulated". Kavanaugh has produced more records to the committee than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, according to the chairman.

A protester is removed by Capitol police during the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Asked about an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send offensive material, Kavanaugh said, "I don't remember anything like that".

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