Judge Kavanaugh vows to be a ‘neutral and impartial arbiter’

NARAL volunteers write letters and postcards to senators and news outlets around the country protesting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NARAL volunteers write letters and postcards to senators and news outlets around the country protesting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades. It is a question that I've not written about.

Trump has often criticized the federal judiciary.

The interruptions, combined with shouting and screaming from hecklers in the audience, created a level of chaos that served to underscore the historical significance of Kavanaugh's appointment and the effect his presence on the court may have in the years to come. Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, who has said he feels he was misled by the judge at his previous confirmation hearing for the lower court, pointedly told Kavanaugh he would question him about that "when you are under oath".

Rebuffed in their request to delay the hearing, Democrats are planning to shine a light on Kavanaugh's views on abortion, executive power, and whether Trump could be forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats have raised concerns that if the special counsel investigation were to make its way to the supreme court, Kavanaugh could not be impartial toward the president who appointed him. I am saying there is a not unsubstantial risk that this is going on.

"If Brett Kavanaugh truly believes the president isn't above the law, he should have said the president must comply with a subpoena".

Kavanaugh declined to answer, but said, "The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed".

"It's resisting public pressure, political pressure, it's treating everyone equally", he added of judicial independence.

Feinstein asked Kavanaugh about his 2009 article that concluded sitting presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations.

Abortion-rights activist Karen Nicholls confronts anti-abortion leader the Rev. Flip Benham in 2001 during protests by the two groups at a Wichita Kan. medical clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller who performed abortions
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Chaos erupted in the hearing room on Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers called for delaying the proceedings and protesters repeatedly interrupted senators making opening remarks.

When Grassley pressed on, speaking over Harris, her objection was reinforced by interventions from other Democrats, in a choreographed show of dissent from Democrats under fierce pressure from their grassroots voters to disrupt Kavanaugh's likely confirmation. And on the most contentious cases, the court tends to split into two sides, conservative and liberal. "Anything less than 49 Democratic votes against Kavanaugh would be a massive failure of your leadership".

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh explains why he can not discuss cases or issues that may become before him during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. They said the hearings should be delayed because they haven't had time to review the documents and not all documents have been released. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Kavanaugh does not support gun control legislation, and the National Rifle Association has spent almost $ 1 million in support of him. The ruling was later overturned and she underwent the abortion.

Kavanaugh sidestepped the question and did not address Guttenberg.

As a young lawyer, Kavanaugh worked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he would replace on the high court.

"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said. "And therefore, we are there to do our job", said Senator Mazie Hirono. In his testimony today, Kavanaugh reiterated his 2016 statement, and claimed that the 1999 comments had been misinterpreted, though he did not explain the exact nature of the misunderstanding.

The White House cited "constitutional privilege".

The Senate Judiciary Committee returns tomorrow with another full day of witnesses to testify both for and against the Kavanaugh nomination. Kavanaugh said he also has upheld many government regulations over the years.

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