Tillis delivers opening statement at Supreme Court Hearing

Sep 06, 2018, 13:14
Tillis delivers opening statement at Supreme Court Hearing

He told the Senate Judiciary Committee he considered it "settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court".

"I've tried to be civil", he said, adding that he wants "the losing party in every case to come out and say, 'Kavanaugh gave me a fair shake'". Kavanaugh said he reversed the conviction of a man in a military commissions case who was convicted for an offense that wasn't an identified crime at the time it happened.

Burck, a private attorney, is a Kavanaugh associate who works with the George W. Bush presidential library and is helping oversee the decisions about which documents from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's associate counsel should be given to Congress or made public.

Although he has vowed to uphold the Constitution and be impartial, many fear Kavanaugh, in this lifelong position, could tilt the American legal system to the right for an entire generation.

Republicans also past year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first high-court nominee. The change could make the court more conservative on a range of issues.

Manuel Miranda was in bed Wednesday morning, suffering from a kidney stone, when he heard his name invoked as a key player during the televised hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.

"When he says, 'It's all about precedent for me, ' I think on some level he's objectively being honest", Clark said by phone Wednesday.

If no Democrat ultimately supports the nomination, the Republicans have no margin for error in a Senate they control by 50-49.

Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms".

Lawyers who had argued cases in front of Kavanaugh recalled him as an active questioner from the bench, and a very well prepared jurist who would fit in on a Supreme Court whose justices are largely not shy in oral arguments with advocates.

On one level, their desperation was understandable: A conservative majority could curtail Democrats' ability to use an activist court to put through policies they can't win democratically.

"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen.

Guttenberg is attending the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein.

As soon as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassely began his opening statement, shouts of "Sham president, sham Justice!" emanated from the back of the room. Grassley gaveled the committee to order Tuesday.

In an August 31 letter, Bill Burck informed the Committee for the first time that almost 102,000 pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's work in the White House Counsel's Office are being withheld from the Committee and the public based on "constitutional privilege". Some 42,000 pages were released to senators only, not the public, on the evening before the hearing.

Kavanaugh also said in response to pointed questions by Democratic Sen. "This is supposed to be the institution dedicated to political fights", Sasse said.

He sidestepped Democratic Senator Christopher Coons' query on whether he still believed, as he wrote 20 years ago, that a president could fire a special prosecutor investigating him.

Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house.

Separately, Miranda emailed Kavanaugh and another White House official that "intel suggests that Leahy will focus on all things money" at a 2002 confirmation hearing. Women in both Ireland and Argentina have also donned the capes and hats to promote abortion rights.

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