However, on Thursday afternoon, Booker continued publicly releasing documents that he said had been marked "committee confidential", posting on Twitter, "We will continue to release more committee confidential documents to draw attention to this sham process".
The committee will recommend to the full Senate whether to confirm Kavanaugh to the high court.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced Friday that confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh would begin the day after Labor Day. 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.
Carla Beddard, 34, was one of 15 women who silently walked the halls outside Kavanaugh's hearing dressed in the red cloaks and white bonnets worn by persecuted women in "The Handmaid's Tale", a dystopian novel and television series. But what we have seen provides reason enough to vote against this nominee.
"How much perjury is too much perjury from a Supreme Court nominee?" While judges of Kavanaugh's caliber often try to avoid revealing such positions, he had to answer questions from senators looking to understand a number of different areas.
On divisive issues that could reach the court such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent.
Abortion was another main focus throughout the hearing, with Democrats portraying Kavanaugh as a judge who might vote to undercut or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. This email, dating from the early post-9/11 era, apparently contains Kavanaugh's recommendation - drumroll please - that the government refrain from racial profiling! Richard Blumenthal of CT, telling him that he was not asserting his own views, but that many legal scholars hold such a position on Roe. In the email, Kavanaugh wrote: "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so". "So that's precedent on precedent, as I've explained, and that's important".
My favorites are the idiotic sniping by our California Sen.
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The right to own firearms was a frequent topics throughout the week of hearings. There's no point to the questions and no point is ever dragged forth, except that Kamala Harris is a fool. Gardner, a Republican, said Kavanaugh, "is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal court". "So that seemed to fit common use and not be a risky and unusual weapon". Kavanaugh responded, unequivocally, "No".
Today's hearings are like rap compared with Mozart if we contrast them with the McCarthy hearings. "They're certainly unsafe - all weapons are risky - but are they unusual?"
At the time, Kavanaugh was associate counsel in the White House and was responsible for helping to vet judicial nominees who would appear before the Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh was perplexed, but clarified the following day that he had no connections of any kind to that firm.
Harris had asked Kavanaugh whether he ever had discussed Mueller or his Russian Federation probe with anyone at Kasowitz Benson Torres, the almost 300-member law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, a former personal attorney to President Trump.
When Kavanaugh said he couldn't remember, Harris said, "I think you're thinking of someone, and you don't want to tell us", a remark that led to an interruption from Sen.
"I haven't had any inappropriate conversations about that investigation with anyone", Kavanaugh said.
The law firm also issued a statement to CNN, saying there have been no discussions between anyone there and Kavanaugh about Mueller.
The exchange was one of the newsiest moments of the first day of questioning and had many wondering where Harris was headed.
A group called Mainers Against Kavanaugh has scheduled a rally at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Portland to encourage Collins to vote "no". Liberal feminist lawyer Lisa Blatt penned an op-ed in Politico praising Brett Kavanaugh. In addition, Democrats fiercely opposed to his confirmation have remained in their hardened stance.