Democrats' Rage Puts Kavanaugh In Clearer Light

Perabo and others from groups like Women's March and Code Pink chimed in as senators from the Democratic side staged an objection to the hearings moving forward. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said to Kavanaugh, who sat quietly amidst the chaos of the hearing. Kavanaugh underscored the importance of judicial independence, saying, "That takes some backbone".

President Donald Trump speaks with Brett Kavanaugh and family.

"I'm asking you a very direct question", she said, but she still couldn't get an answer. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) demanded.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen.

More than a dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police.

Unlike Tuesday when Hatch became frustrated with demonstrators, the senator ignored a woman yelling as he asked questions.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight to block Kavanaugh's nomination.

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.

Kavanaugh-a deeply controversial figure seen by progressives as a threat to women's healthcare rights-was asked about Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects the right to abortion. "It has been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years".

Roberts and Alito were among dissenting justices as the Supreme Court in 2016 - with Kennedy's crucial vote in the majority - invalidated Texas regulations on clinics and physicians that performed abortions.

Kavanaugh made it clear where his loyalties lie.

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Today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh explained in detail his legal reasoning in the one case in his record directly intersecting with abortion law, in response to questioning from Sen.

Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, October 1, which is little more than a month before congressional elections.

Kavanaugh said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed past year.

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

Democrats have warned that Mr Trump's choice will usher in a more socially conservative approach to abortion, gay rights and gun control.

Republicans also previous year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Trump's first high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said. He said his views did shift after the September 11, 2001, attacks but his ideas about revisiting the special counsel law were merely suggestions. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.

The court wrote Washington, who'd presided at the 1787 convention that framed the Constitution and who'd signed the parchment, a letter telling him they couldnt oblige. "If we can't even have a nominee who can publicly say there is no right for 7.2 billion people to break into the world and demand an abortion - putting Roe aside - i dont [sic] know the goal of us engaging in this business", he said.

Kavanaugh worked some five years in the Bush White House, first as legal counsel and then as staff secretary. Republicans have declined to seek those papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush. Many are being held as confidential within the committee.

Kavanaugh, accused by Democrats of being a tool for big corporations and a foe of the little guy, wasted little time in trying to humanize himself Wednesday.

But Kavanaugh declined to engage, saying, "I do not believe that's consistent" with the way prior nominations have been handled. "You specifically argued that the D.C. assault weapons ban was unconstitutional and I think because you said these weapons were in common use".

  • Douglas Reid