Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes

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The comments were in response to the first questions Kavanaugh received about the 1973 abortion case during his second day before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding a days-long hearing for his Supreme Court nomination.

Kavanaugh, who made an opening statement to the committee on Tuesday, entered the hearing room a day later and took his seat alone at the witness table, pouring some bottled water into a glass moments before the hearing began. Mike Lee, R-Utah, during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Washington. But he stopped short of saying how he would rule if the court was asked to revisit the law.

Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday refused to say whether he believed that a sitting president could be forced to testify in a criminal case - a key question considering special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Kavanaugh is Trump's nominee to join the Supreme Court.

Harris said in her email that Kavanaugh puts "so many of our hard won civil rights - and the rule of law itself - on the line". Kennedy had a track record of siding with the more liberal justices on the bench on some decisions, the more conservative wing on others.

In his opening remarks released ahead of delivery, Kavanaugh sought to tamp down the controversy over his nomination, which would likely shift the closely divided court to the right.

Quarreling and confusion marked the start of the Senate's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, with Democrats trying to block the proceedings because of documents being withheld by the White House. 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.

Again, Kavanaugh didn't offer a clear yes or no. That is also the focus of most of my own reservations about him (I think his record on many other issues is quite good).

They have been fiercely critical of the Trump administration for not providing sufficient documentation about Kavanaugh's time in Mr. I don't live in a bubble. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pressed Kavanaugh on the issue and he emphasized that due to the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, Roe v. Wade has stronger precedent backing it. Senator Lindsey O. Graham, Republican of SC, who noted that he had voted for President Barack Obama's nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, was equally blunt. Before the session resumed, Guttenberg says, Kavanaugh shifted to look in his direction and gave him a wink.

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

Feinstein later slammed Kavanaugh for ducking the question. The president's repeated efforts to undermine the Russian Federation investigation - and threats to dismiss the special counsel - have amplified the potential for the matter to eventually reach the courts. We have a president who may be allowed to pick a Supreme Court justice that will facilitate his evisceration of constitutional boundaries. He had previously signaled it may have been wrongly decided.

Before ascending to the bench, Kavanaugh assisted in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, which led to his impeachment, and worked for five years in the White House as deputy counsel and staff secretary under President George W. Bush. But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim Senate majority, and with no sign of any of them opposing the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top US judicial body.