Susan Collins Downplays Brett Kavanaugh Email About Abortion Rights And 'Settled Law'

Sep 07, 2018, 04:01
Susan Collins Downplays Brett Kavanaugh Email About Abortion Rights And 'Settled Law'

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey took a stand at Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court today, and there's an off chance, albeit an unlikely one, that it will result in him being ousted from the Senate. In practice, a president's Constitutional power to pardon is quite broad, but legal experts indicate that a presidential self-pardon would violate a Nixon-era legal principle.

"Give us some reassurance about your commitment to the democratic institutions in this country, in the face of a president who seems prepared to cast them aside", Durbin said. He cited his ruling in a SC case upholding the state's new voter ID law.

"No one is above the law", Kavanaugh replied. Red flags abound. And with 102,000 documents withheld by the Trump WH, mostly about judicial noms, we can bet there's more. The documents were labeled "committee confidential" which meant that they could not be made public or discussed in public.

While it raised eyebrows, Booker's suggestion that he would be willing to be expelled from the Senate for his release of committee confidential documents isn't rare. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who called them "irresponsible and outrageous". Several Democrats said in response, "bring it on".

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.

For all the theatrics on both sides, the debate over documents quickly fizzled, once it became clear their release had been authorized by Bush's attorney overnight. There's some dispute as to whether, at the time Booker released an email chain of Kavanaugh talking about his views on racial profiling, they were actually still confidential. "In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public". Booker then said he would release an email about racial profiling even, he said, if he could be kicked out of the Senate for violating rules. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy".

The January 2002 email, from Kavanaugh's service in the Bush White House, centered on a discussion within the administration in the wake of the 9/11 attack by Islamic jihadists about how to handle the sensitive issue of whether or not "race" or national origin should be a factor in identifying national security threats. He also criticizes Department of Transportation affirmative action regulations.

He conceded that hopes he expressed almost two decades ago for a color-blind society have not been fulfilled. "Our long march to racial equality is not over".

Many Democratic senators have mined their questions from Kavanaugh's written record of hundreds of thousands of documents as well as published court opinions and law journal articles authored by the 53-year-old Yale Law School graduate, former special prosecutor, presidential advisor and federal appellate judge; its voluminous nature bears comparison to that of Judge Robert Bork, whose confirmation bid was famously sunk 30 years ago.

Holding up a printed copy of the email, Sen. He understands the process better than most. But he declined to say whether that case was properly decided. President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance. I get 20-22 minutes early this afternoon, and I think I'm going to do exclusively precedent for reasons exactly related to what you're saying.

"We are not supposed to be influenced by political pressure from the Executive or from the Congress".

So far, Kavanaugh appears on track toward confirmation in the Republican-held Senate, but after a 12-hour session Wednesday and more questioning Thursday, he also does not seem to have changed minds on the committee, which is split along partisan lines.

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