Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Say Whether Trump Can Pardon Himself

Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Say Whether Trump Can Pardon Himself

Kavanaugh continued today to refuse to answer direct questions about his stance on Roe v. Wade, instead repeating the same line about having supported the ruling as a lower court judge because it was "established law", which means absolutely nothing to a Supreme Court Justice, since they're in the position to set-or reset-what is established law.

The quick adjournment allows Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley to continue his panel's hearing for as long as he would like on Wednesday.

After expressing her doubts on Brett Kavanaugh's ability to protect the privacy rights of all Americans, Sen.

If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term.

"And we received just shy of half a million pages of emails and other documents from Judge Kavanaugh's service as an executive branch lawyer - which is more than we received for the last five Supreme Court nominees combined", Grassley continued.

Much like the first day of protests and arrests, which punctuated the senators' partisan quarreling over the nomination, the second day saw more than a dozen protesters hauled out of the hearing room shouting objections to Kavanaugh's nomination.

For a second day, protesters interrupted proceedings before being removed by security personnel. Kavanaugh underscored the importance of judicial independence, saying, "That takes some backbone".

He cited historic cases including the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that desegregated schools and the USA v. Nixon decision that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.

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The wide-ranging testimony underscored the potential for Kavanaugh's nomination to shape the supreme court and the decisions before it for decades to come. After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stole this Supreme Court seat from Merrick Garland, many among the Democratic base have demanded that their elected leaders put up a fight no matter the odds. "They want to elect candidates who will stand up for the people Trump threatens, not ones who compromise or cower as he and Republicans run the table in Congress and the courts", it concludes.

Mr. Kavanaugh said in excerpts of his opening remarks that he is a "pro-law judge" who would bring his impartiality to the nation's highest court.

Kavanaugh noted that Roe was reaffirmed in a 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

On gun rights, Feinstein pressed Kavanaugh on a 2011 case in which he dissented as the appeals court on which he sits upheld a District of Columbia gun law that banned semi-automatic rifles. This doctrine says a court shouldn't grant deference to a federal agency if Congress hasn't spoken clearly on the subject, which he said wasn't the case with the net neutrality rules.

Two Republican senators - Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - praised Kavanaugh personally and professionally, but raised questions about Trump's attacks on the Justice Department and how Kavanaugh would handle cases involving presidential power.

The Supreme Court to date has ruled that individuals have a right to bear arms in self defense but has not extended that right outside the home or specified which weapons are covered.

He also declined to say if he thought presidents could pardon themselves. "Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself", he said.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said they would have had to read 7,000 pages an hour overnight just to review the files shared on Monday evening. There are several important cases waiting on the Court's docket this fall, and whoever replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy will have tremendous power to impact our everyday lives at home, at work and in school for generations to come.