The Best Moments From Women Senators at the Kavanaugh Hearings

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Kavanaugh maintained that he views Roe v. Wade, which legalized a woman's right to obtain an abortion, as an "important precedent" during his recent Senate hearing, including when he was asked directly about the 2003 email. One after another, activists stood to protest Kavanaugh's positions on healthcare, abortion, gun rights or the proceeding itself, interrupting lines of questioning and irritating some Republican committee members. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes to have Trump's nominee confirmed to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy before the new court session begins October 1.

"What we do know is extremely troubling and dangerously out of step with the American people", she said, "particularly on critical issues including executive power, abortion rights and pre-existing conditions". "He'll get confirmed. It won't be a landslide, but he'll get confirmed".

"I have to tell you that despite the embarrassing display by many Senate Democrats in the Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh showed the intellect, the temperament, the judicial philosophy that I believe should generate broad-based support in the United States Senate", Pence said. Kavanaugh, like previous nominees, declined to answer hypothetical questions that might come before him as a justice.

Asked on CBS' Face the Nation whether he would need to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, he said: "Well, we hope not". But Democrats want access to more documents from Kavanaugh's past as a judge and as an official in the administration. Another said "Senator Leahy's staff has distributed a confidential letter to Dem Counsel" and then described for Kavanaugh that precise confidential information we had gathered about a nominee Kavanaugh was boosting.

He was threatened with penalties last week, including possible expulsion from the Senate for breaking rules and questioning Kavanaugh about emails the nominee had written that had not been properly released. Our party controls neither the White House nor the Senate. He co-wrote a detailed, almost 300-page memo on deputy White House counsel Vince Foster's suicide.

Kavanaugh, probed again on his views on a 1974 Supreme Court ruling against President Richard Nixon requiring recordings made in the Oval Office to be given to prosecutors, said the case was correctly decided. The Archives produced the Starr files.

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Both Lee and Hatch criticized Sen. Republicans later said the memos were already cleared for public dissemination. She cited the move by New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker on Thursday to release a memo on racial profiling drafted by Kavanaugh but labeled "Committee Confidential", meaning senators could review it but not make it public.

Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, called it "jaw-dropping".

Leahy asked committee chairman Sen.

The White House on Friday welcomed the news of a set date for confirmation hearings. Should the president's legal team decide, as they have threatened, to contest that principle in court, it is imperative that the Supreme Court ensure that the president is held accountable. The only recent case in which Kavanaugh ruled on abortion came past year, when he argued that an undocumented minor teenager in federal custody should not be permitted to have an abortion immediately.

"After careful consideration of his record and reviewing the limited documents made available to the U.S. Senate, I have come to the conclusion that I can not support Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court", she said in a statement. Other Democrats joined Booker, saying they too would release documents. "They have no excuse to obstruct his prompt confirmation".