Brett Kavanaugh is answering Democrats who fear he would not restrain President Donald Trump from the bench, saying the president can not overrule the courts. But his favorite case, Brown V. Board, the highlight, the number one case, the most important moment in Supreme Court history, is the reversal of a precedence on precedence, Plessy, which was itself wrongly decided 58 years after it was wrongly decided.
However, Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, immediately spoke in solidarity with Booker. Journalist Bob Woodward's new book about Trump says Kavanaugh recommended Porter for the job. He says, "the signs and signals are plain".
"It was referring to views of legal scholars", Kavanaugh said.
Blumenthal did not single out Collins and Murkowski by name, but mentioned pro-choice Republicans who are uncommitted on Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh said Thursday that he was not discussing his views, but rather "what legal scholars might say". "I'm knowingly violating the rules", he said. Conservatives hope that Kavanaugh's confirmation could create a conservative majority on the court, potentially for decades. So there's a lot of reasons why thoughtful, hard-working Nebraskans who are smart and engaged don't really know how to think about precedent, because it's not stuff we've dealt with.
On abortion, Kavanaugh noted that Roe has been affirmed "many times". "It has been reaffirmed many times", he told the panel.
The hearing's focus on Wednesday on presidential power came amid a widening probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and turmoil within the White House, clouding the presidency of Trump, who is working to get more conservative judges appointed to the federal courts. Harris said he doesn't need to see a list to recall whether he's talked to anyone at the firm in the 15 months since Mueller's probe was launched. That prompted Republican Sen. Women's health advocates have said that Kavanaugh would overturn the ruling and criminalize abortions.
House members don't get to vote on Kavanaugh, but Richmond plans to testify about Kavanaugh as an outside witness on Friday, the final day of confirmation hearings. Shortly after Booker released the documents, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's staff released a block of new emails-previously marked "committee confidential"-that had been cleared for public release". "The fact that tens of thousands of documents revealing a Supreme Court nominee's views on key issues were deemed Committee Confidential and not available to the public reflects the absurdity of this process".
He was releasing it, Booker said, to show that what was being withheld had nothing to do with national security.
Cornyn then cited Senate Rule 29.5, which says that any senator who discloses confidential or secret Senate business could suffer expulsion from the body.
"It's just now that Roe is 45 years old", said a frustrated Sen.
The Times said an "unknown person" provided several confidential emails to the newspaper late on Wednesday relating to Kavanaugh's work in the White House under Republican former President George W. Bush. The email was sent to a Republican Senate aide. The document was partially redacted.
Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) half hour of questioning on Wednesday, she asked the nominee for his perspective on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that gave individuals the right to abortion.
Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also tweeted in support of Booker, saying: "Yesterday, I referred to a "Committee confidential" document where Judge Kavanaugh questioned the validity of programs that benefit Native Hawaiian programs, and by extension, Alaska Natives".
So far, Kavanaugh does not seem to have changed minds on the Senate judiciary committee, which is split along partisan lines. President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance. He never answered the question.
Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh will push the court to the right and that he will side with Trump in cases stemming from Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.
"I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate", Booker stated.