Ducking queries on Trump, Supreme Court nominee resumes US Senate test

Ducking queries on Trump, Supreme Court nominee resumes US Senate test

They took turns yelling as senators spoke, with one shouting, "This is a travesty of justice", while another shouted, "Our democracy is broken", and a third urging, "Vote no on Kavanaugh".

If confirmed, the conservative appeals court judge would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right. The document is partially redacted.

In the document mentioned by Booker, Kavanaugh said that although he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an "interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented". One swing-vote senator is likely to support Kavanaugh, something that would nearly certainly ensure his confirmation, a source with direct knowledge told CNN. Cory Booker, D-N.J., about the circumstances in which government can and cannot use race-conscious measures to address past discrimination. But after a marathon 12-hour session Wednesday, he also does not seem to have changed minds on the Judiciary Committee, which is split along partisan lines.

Mazie Hirono took Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to task about his views on Native Hawaiians, criticizing him for writing in 1999 that he didn't believe the group was indigenous because they traveled to the islands from deeper in Polynesia. As the Illinois Democrat asserted, Kavanaugh would impose a new requirement to a woman's exercise of the abortion right. President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance.

"We are not supposed to be influenced by political pressure from the Executive or from the Congress". Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declined to request Kavanaugh's staff secretary records, which cover a 35-month period of Kavanaugh's work that he has described as "among the most interesting and most formative" in his career.

In his opening remarks, Grassley accused Democrats - who plotted strategy for the hearing on a conference call Monday - of colluding with protesters to disrupt the hearing. "The independence of the judiciary is critical to the confidence of the American people".

"You start with the notion of precedent", said Kavanaugh.

President Clinton was subpoenaed by independent counsel Kenneth Starr in 1998, and eventually agreed to testify voluntarily and the subpoena was withdrawn. Kavanaugh said then that such guns were covered by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms. Democrats signaled that they would press Kavanaugh in depth on abortion and gun rights, among other issues, when they get to question the nominee. In response to Grassley's first question, about what makes a good judge, he invoked his mother, herself a judge. He defended his dissenting opinion previous year in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody. The ruling was later overturned and she had the abortion.

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Nixon decision that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. After expressing her doubts on Brett Kavanaugh's ability to protect the privacy rights of all Americans, Sen.

The DC Circuit majority read Supreme Court precedent differently because the 17-year-old who had crossed the southern border had already fulfilled the requirements of state law for a minor trying to obtain an abortion. Grassley says the documents are "irrelevant" to Kavanaugh's qualifications as a judge.

"I think all I can say, Senator, is that was my view in 1998", he told Coons.

Senator Feinstein asked Kavanaugh why he dissented with his colleagues on the D.C. federal appeals court over a ruling where they upheld a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

If he is approved by the panel, his nomination goes to the entire Senate, where Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority when Republican Jon Kyl fills the seat of the late Arizona Senator John McCain.

Asked whether he had conversations about Robert Mueller generally, Kavanaugh confirmed he had and pointed out that they both worked for George W. Bush administration.

The National Archives is also preparing to release more than 1 million documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office.

The court order forces a witness to appear to give testimony.

The committee within minutes released various documents that Democrats had requested.