Kavanaugh: 'No one is above the law'

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Sen. Kamala Harris of California questioned the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about the Russian Federation investigation on the second day of his Senate confirmation hearings on Wednesday.

Napolitano said the more "incendiary" document, however, is one in which Kavanaugh says Roe v. Wade might not be settled law.

Democrats have been pressing Kavanaugh for his views on abortion rights, gun control and other issues. Shortly after Booker released the documents, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's staff released a block of new emails-previously marked "committee confidential"-that had been cleared for public release". John Cornyn, his Republican counterpart, responded with a dig at Booker, saying that "running for president is no excuse" for leaking information. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said.

Klobuchar noted that Kavanaugh's explanation in his dissent that the court could distinguish between a "major" and "minor" question with respect to deferring to an expert agency when there was ambiguity in the law would be a "you-know-it-when-you-see-it" standard was the reason that the other judges didn't agree with Kavanaugh.

There had been intense speculation among senators that Democrats would invoke the two-hour rule on Thursday, forcing McConnell to either adjourn the Senate or let the Kavanaugh hearing be shut down.

Senator Booker went through with his threat and released 12 pages of emails.

The controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh and his nomination to the Supreme Court - and the reason why Perabo and others were protesting - stems from the Trump Administration's lack of disclosure as to Kavanaugh's record in the White House.

"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".

A contentious day one confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court opening.

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"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said. A lawyer for former president George W. Bush provided 415,000 pages of documents last week, but the Trump administration chose to withhold 100,000 pages from the Senate under executive privilege. "I want the losing party in every case to walk out and say, 'Kavanaugh gave me a fair shake'".

Kavanaugh also sidestepped questions from Sen.

Kavanaugh argued that his reasoning was based on the Supreme Court's majority decision in the Heller case, that held that semi-automatic rifles were constitutionally protected.

Kavanaugh had sidestepped questions from Booker on Wednesday night about the circumstances in which government can and cannot use race-conscious measures to address past discrimination. Over the first two days of Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, dozens of women supporting abortion rights have shouted their opposition to him in the hearing room, with security officials promptly ejecting them and charging them with disorderly conduct.

"I haven't had any inappropriate conversations about that investigation with anyone". An analysis from The Washington Post found that this could mean Kavanaugh believes existing law is too restrictive for the office of the president.

When questioned about the honesty of his 2006 testimony during his nomination for the appellate court when he said he was not involved in some Bush-era policies, Kavanaugh said he was "100 percent accurate".

The 53-year-old appellate judge answered cautiously when asked about most of those matters, refusing an invitation from Democratic Sen.

Kavanaugh has taken a different tone during his confirmation hearings, stressing how hard it is to overturn a precedent such as Roe.