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Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Turns into 'Political Brawl

Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Turns into 'Political Brawl

Harris asked. Kavanaugh said the words were his own. "If you walk into my courtroom and you have the better legal arguments, you will win", he said.

Many Democratic senators already have announced their intention to vote against Kavanaugh and many Republicans have likewise signaled their support.

"It may not be on his preference for key lime pie over chocolate, for instance, but it is a personal belief about what the Constitution requires and what regulatory agencies can and cannot do", she said.

"I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v Wade", he said.

The question, posed by Feinstein, was an unmistakable reference to the legal challenges facing Trump. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz asked easy questions of President Donald Trump's nominee, saving their verbal barbs for Senate Democrats.

In the Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh argued that while the nation requires a check against "a bad-behaving or law-breaking president", that check is provided only by the US Constitution.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so. It cited the so-called the US Supreme Court's Chevron doctrine, which gives expert federal agencies the discretion to interpret ambiguous statutes.

Later in the day, Sen.

Republicans have said that Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, including his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The most likely outcome of this week's hearings is a vote along party lines to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

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"The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution", he said. "And as you well recall, Senator I know when that case came up the Supreme Court didn't just reaffirm it in passing, the court specifically went through all the factors of stare decisis in considering whether to overrule it".

"Gosh, we've heard that so often", Durbin replied.

Kavanaugh - holding his daughter's hand and smiling broadly as he entered the hearing rooming - sat stone-faced minutes later as lawmakers spoke loudly over one another, and protesters erupted in anger from the back of the hearing room, leading police to eject them from the proceedings.

The following year, The Washington Post reported that Kavanaugh had participated in a discussion in the White House Counsel's Office about how Justice Anthony Kennedy - for whom he had clerked - would view the detainee policy.

Before the hearing even officially began, Democrats tried to put a stop to it, complaining that they had not received thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh's background, and that thousands of pages that they did receive were not turned over to them until the night before. He was interrupted by Senator Kamala Harris, who wanted to delay the hearing.

"What a bunch of dumbbells", Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said of one noisy protester.

Kavanaugh also described USA v. Nixon, the supreme court ruling that ordered then President Richard Nixon to turn over secret White House recordings toward the end of the Watergate investigation, as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

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

Kavanaugh declined to comment on how he would approach a challenge to a part of the Obamacare health law that bars insurers from declining coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, The issue is the subject of a lawsuit pending in Texas. The White House has said Kavanaugh "led the effort to rein in unaccountable independent agencies" and his rulings against environmental and consumer protection regulations.


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