Brett Kavanaugh sidesteps Senate questions on Roe v Wade

Ignacio Smith
September 6, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018.

News photographers clicked pictures of a smiling Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, as he entered the hearing room along with his wife and two daughters. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions made a decision to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters.

Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27.

But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim Senate majority, and no sign of defections in the Republican ranks, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on the top USA judicial body.

They have been fiercely critical of the Trump administration for not providing sufficient documentation about Kavanaugh's time in Mr.

If confirmed as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, he is likely to tilt an already conservative high court even more reliably to the right.

The huge stakes and fierce passions aroused by the lifetime appointment were on display this week as shouts of protests and Democratic demands for a postponement greeted the start of his Senate confirmation hearing. SUBSCRIBE NOW and hit the bell to be the first in the know.

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He also successfully dodged the question of whether a president must respond to a subpoena - neatly sidestepping an intensely contested topic against the backdrop of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. "They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress".

He said he understood the importance of the precedent in the landmark 1973 case, Roe v Wade, which legalised abortion nationwide, pointing out it had been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court several times.

But abortion was her chief focus.

Evidence has emerged, the report said, that one protester "may have been coerced into her activism with cold, hard cash".

Kavanaugh's political background comes from being a top aide and lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

By not staging a walkout, however, Democrats also allowed themselves to become part of the process and grill Kavanaugh in the upcoming hearings, hoping to mobilize opposition to his candidacy.

"Semi-automatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States", Kavanaugh said.

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The Democrats weren't the only ones who recognized the importance of questions about Trump and the Russian Federation investigation.

"That is why a lot of people are concerned about his administration", Flake said, adding, "I, too, am concerned". The 76-year-old has been one of the Supreme Court nominee's champions, working to guide his nomination through the Senate.

"[Tuesday], for me, was proof that insane never takes a vacation up here", Kennedy said.

"After September 11, I thought very deeply about the presidency, and I thought very deeply about the independent counsel experience, and I thought about how those things interacted", he said.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room. Independent Sen. Angus King of ME also stopped in for part of the session.

Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate once Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator, is sworn in to fill the seat held by the late Sen. "If anyone still thinks that Trump's position in the Texas case and the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the court is simply a coincidence - drop me a line - I have some ocean front property for you in Kansas".

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