Kavanaugh Sidesteps Presidential Powers Questions At Hearing

Posted September 06, 2018

She pointed to Kavanaugh's claim, after being nominated for the Supreme Court, that no one had run a vetting process "more wisely" than Trump.

Kavanaugh was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the bench in July.

"I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", he said.

"The Constitution itself seems to dictate, in addition, that congressional investigation must take place in lieu of criminal investigation when the President is the subject of investigation, and that criminal prosecution can occur only after the President has left office", he wrote in the Georgetown Law Review. "So sad to see!" They are also conducting phone call campaigns in each senator's home state.

Democrats have called for Kavanaugh's confirmation vote to be delayed until Mueller's investigation concludes or he recuses himself from cases that may involve the president directly, though they have so far been unsuccessful. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

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Meanwhile, Republicans remain hopeful they'll have him confirmed before the Supreme Court convenes on October 1. "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said Sen.

Democrats say they were blindsided by 42,000 relevant documents dropped late Monday night.

Republican Orrin Hatch accused Democratic senators of political opportunism, noting, "We have folks who want to run for president", though he did not mention any by name.

Grassley noted that despite his staff being available around the clock to help Democrats access records, not a single Democratic senator showed up.

In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh mentioned a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal and a 1954 Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation in public schools. A handful of Democrats seeking re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 could vote for Kavanaugh. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

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Minutes after Mr Kavanaugh, 53, entered the committee rooms on Tuesday, the hearing was disrupted by angry shouts from members of the public and lawmakers alike.

"Have your views on whether Roe is settled precedent or could be overturned and [have] your views changed since you were in the Bush White House?" she asked. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation. And he's right. We'll hear more empty words from Kavanaugh in the coming days and then, when he's confirmed, he'll do the bidding of the Federalist Society and his other right-wing benefactors.

In Kavanaugh's own statement at the end of more than seven hours of arguing, the federal appeals judge spoke repeatedly about the importance of an independent judiciary and the need to keep the court above partisan politics, common refrains among Supreme Court nominees that had added salience in the fraught political atmosphere of the moment. Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents. He was interrupted by Sen.

"I'm asking you a very direct question - yes or no?" "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

Kavanaugh's comments will do little to pacify skeptics, who have cited his opposition to a court ruling previous year that an undocumented immigrant teenager who was in government custody was entitled to seek an abortion. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

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The 53-year-old appellate court judge, hoping to fill the vacant seat on the nine-member high court, told lawmakers he has not hesitated to make unpopular rulings in the past, citing his opinion in a case releasing Osama bin Laden's former chauffeur, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, from detention at the USA military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans' move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees. As a result, it is likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.