Bennet Officially Announces Opposition To Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

14 September, 2018, 04:54 | Author: Myra Gill
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Abortion was another main focus throughout the hearing, with Democrats portraying Kavanaugh as a judge who might vote to undercut or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right. Some Democratic senators weren't reassured, pointing to mass school shootings committed with semi-automatic rifles. Sen. And the fact that some of these documents were forced out gave the Democrats the chance to point out that they still had not seen more than 90 percent of Kavanaugh's White House documents from the Bush White House.

Leahy said Kavanaugh testified that he never received any documents that appeared to be drafted or prepared by Democratic committee staff, but "he got 8 pages of material taken VERBATIM from my files, obviously written by Dem staff, LABELED 'not [for] distribution'".

Guttenberg extended his hand Kavanaugh, but the judge did not.

"I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so", Kavanaugh wrote, referring to justices at the time, in an email to a Republican Senate aide. And he cleared up any remaining doubt on the second day of his confirmation hearing - despite the fact that nearly no one noticed.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh declined to answer whether a president would have to respond to a court's subpoena, saying he could be asked to rule on the matter. For example, Kavanaugh called the Supreme Court's abortion decisions precedent on precedent. Richard Blumenthal said Kavanaugh's view on what gun control is permissible "is out of touch with reality".

TOTENBERG: Well, I think they finally did basically by releasing some of the documents labeled committee confidential and doing it without the explicit permission of the Republicans.


"For these reasons, I will oppose his nomination", Bennett said.

In refusing to engage on Trump, Kavanaugh declined even to condemn the president's persistent criticisms of the federal judiciary. Today's times are different, they are undoubtedly decisive, and the gap of division competes in size with the Grand Canyon. Federal Judge Thomas Porteous was impeached by the U.S. House and convicted (90-6) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 on grounds which included that he "knowingly made material false statements about his past to. the United States Senate.in order to obtain the office of United States District Court Judge". Booker said he was willing to face possible punishment under Senate rules by releasing the documents himself, although Republicans said they had already agreed to release them. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, who are the two most junior Democrats on the panel and also potential presidential candidates in 2020. John Cornyn, R-Texas., on Thursday.

Sens. Joe Donnelly in IN or Claire McCaskill in Missouri may benefit from a court battle that energizes the Democratic base.

"When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I urged the president to appoint a consensus nominee who could earn broad bipartisan support in the Senate and the confidence of the American people", Bennet said July 9. Kavanaugh is likely to push the conservative-leaning court further to the right, if confirmed.

On the schedule Friday are more than two dozen witnesses on both sides of the nomination fight.

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