Bennet announces opposition to SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh laughs as Sen. Thom Tillis R-N.C. makes closing remarks in the evening after the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Wednesday Sept. 5 2018 on Capito

Fierce document dispute grips Trump Supreme Court pick's hearing

Sen. Patrick Leahy and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. John Kennedy, R-La., wait during an evening break in testimony of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, on the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Nonetheless, Booker garnered some of the national spotlight, as well as the mockery of some of his Republican colleagues on the committee. Sen.

Times have certainly changed. Kavanaugh, like previous nominees, declined to answer hypothetical questions that might come before him as a justice. A slightly smaller percentage of Democrats (59%) approve of how their party handled the Kavanaugh's hearings. Thanks to unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to hide large portions of Judge Kavanaugh's record and the nominee's unwillingness to answer basic questions before the Judiciary Committee, much of Judge Kavanaugh's record and judicial philosophy remain a mystery to the American people.

McConnell predicted that Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA judicial body, would be on the Supreme Court when it opens its new term on October 1.

However, on Thursday afternoon, Booker continued publicly releasing documents that he said had been marked "committee confidential", posting on Twitter, "We will continue to release more committee confidential documents to draw attention to this sham process".

Yet Schumer managed to go on the Senate floor and claim with a straight face that "there is a lot we don't know about Judge Kavanaugh".

Sarsour said she was the first person to shout out on Day 1 of the hearing. Her standard, she wrote, was whether the nominee was "unquestionably well-qualified, brilliant, has integrity and is within the mainstream of legal thought". Committee members Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California are among the Democrats considered possible candidates in the next presidential campaign.

"When he (Nicholas) fell over, I fell over with him", she said.

But Kavanaugh said in a 2003 email while working for the administration of President George W. Bush some legal scholars may view the idea of precedent differently and that the Supreme Court "can always overrule its precedent". The committee even notified Booker's office about the waiver before the hearing started.

Feinstein has a long relationship with Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, a rapport that lends itself to enacting bipartisan legislation but not obstruction. He did not come forward to the Senate to provide information about the confidential documents Miranda had given him, which were clearly from the Democrats. They then waited in line for 20 to 30 minutes within the hearing room. "Many Democrats on the Senate judiciary committee embarrassed themselves".

With the midterms less than two months away, Kavanaugh's nomination carries political risks for both parties as they potentially alienate the large swath of independent voters who have big say in elections.

However, Kavanaugh never flinched. Throughout the hearing he demonstrated a remarkable grasp of Supreme Court precedent.

Kavanaugh's record on the bench shows that he approaches every case with an open mind.

Kavanaugh's answers, including his past rulings on gun-related issues, showed that he is very much in the mold of the late-Justice Antonin Scalia, who penned the majority decision in the landmark 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that individuals have the right to possess firearms in the US. That's the hallmark of a highly respected judge who can build judicial consensus from all sides.

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