Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

Sen. Cory Booker made good on his promise Thursday to publicly release confidential documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's ongoing confirmation for the Supreme Court.

But to dismiss Booker's choice and all he's risking as a publicity stunt only emphasizes what Democrats are saying: that the Republican senators on this committee are not respecting the process of a SCOTUS appointment and the depth of investigation necessary. After a question about Roe, Harris asked, "As a factual matter, can five Supreme Court Justices overturn any precedent at any time if a case comes before them on that issue?" John Cornyn derisively snipped that "running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate". "This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured and killed because of it", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said. "You said in our meeting that Congress would likely act quickly if the president does something, in your words, 'dastardly, '" Klobuchar said.

On Wednesday, 13 progressive groups, scolding Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for failing to block Kavanaugh, demanded that Democratic senators bypass Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

Booker later posted the documents on Twitter.

The 15-year-old email underscored a dispute that has dominated part of the hearing over Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail stemming from his years in the Bush White House.

It's not clear why these emails were marked "committee confidential", and Grassley's office didn't return a request for comment.

A newly disclosed e-mail shows Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has questioned whether the 1973 Roe v. Wade case on abortion access is settled law. Kavanaugh, who considered the judge a friend and mentor, said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed past year. A lawyer for former president George W. Bush provided 415,000 pages of documents last week, but the Trump administration made a decision to withhold 100,000 pages from the Senate under executive privilege.

A decade earlier, Kavanaugh wrote that the Constitution seems to dictate that "congressional investigation must take place in lieu of criminal investigation when the President is the subject of investigation, and that criminal prosecution can occur only after the President has left office".


Also in responding to questions about the Roe v. Wade decision Kavanaugh said that he understands "how passionate and how deeply people feel about this issue" of abortion. Harris said late on the second day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

In the email, obtained by the PBS NewsHour, Kavanaugh was reviewing an op-ed in support of a Bush judicial nominee.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee each had 30 minutes to ask Kavanaugh questions.

In a heated exchange Thursday morning, Democratic Sen. Over the first two days of Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, dozens of women supporting abortion rights have shouted their opposition to him in the hearing room, with security officials promptly ejecting them and charging them with disorderly conduct.

"Have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation?"

Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's gruelling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence. But in questioning about the email Wednesday, Booker found an opening in Kavanaugh describing himself in the email as "generally race neutral", insisting it suggested there might instances in which he might be racially biased.

Not only that, Kavanaugh was also lambasted at the same hearing for refusing to shake the hand of Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the Parkland mass shooting.

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