Kavanaugh Sidesteps Presidential Powers Questions At Hearing


A long day of questioning awaits the 53-year-old appellate judge, whom President Donald Trump nominated in July to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Yet my own favorite moment was Judge Kavanaughs answer to a question from Senator Mike Lee of Utah. "So sad to see!"

Faced with the prospect of cutting short Kavanaugh's hearing over in the Hart Senate Office Building, McConnell instead moved to adjourn for the day.

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing.

Trump himself loomed large over the hearings, with senators raising questions about Kavanaugh's views of executive power. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

"We can not possibly move forward".

This doesn't mean the Democrats are done with demagoguery. Sen.

Democrats say they have considerable misgivings about Kavanaugh's pledge to be nonpartisan, saying he has a history of conservative political activism.

Kavanaugh said that all he had written back in the email was "who signed this?" - evidence, he said, that he believed the letter had been made public by the time it was in his possession. The Supreme Court nominations of Merrick Garland and Kavanaugh are two sides of the same coin.

But Kavanaugh's nomination languished for three years, as Democrats fumed over his participation in Bush's recount team. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Majority Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic votes, though they'll have little margin for error.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms".

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The huge stakes and fierce passions aroused by the lifetime appointment were on display this week as shouts of protests and Democratic demands for a postponement greeted the start of his Senate confirmation hearing. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) suggested that he played a key role in an event that raised new questions about Kavanaugh's credibility. They're also asserting that the Senate is "phoning in" its responsibility to carefully vet judicial nominees, calling the process a "sham".

On Tuesday, there were angry scenes minutes after Mr Kavanaugh entered the committee rooms.

"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. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff". But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

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.

"Senators should not be willing to cast a "yes" vote for a nomination of this magnitude when more than 90 percent of the nominee's record is being denied to them".

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1. He promised to be a "team player" if confirmed, declaring that he would be a "pro-law judge" who would not decide cases based on his personal views.

"I revere the Constitution".

Guttenberg wrote on Twitter that, as the morning session ended, he "walked up to Judge Kavanaugh" and attempted to introduce himself "as Jaime Guttenberg's dad".

On the issue of gun rights, Senator Feinstein pressed Mr Kavanaugh on his previous opposition to a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

The hearing gave Democrats a chance to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections, in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

As members of Congress weighed his suitability for America's top judicial bench Kavanaugh said he understood "the significance" of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 supreme court decision that legalized abortion in the US.

Kavanaugh worked in key White House positions when George W. Bush was president and was a member of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team that investigated President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, leading to Clinton's impeachment.