Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

Sep 13, 2018, 01:15
Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

But Kavanaugh said in a 2003 email while working for the administration of President George W. Bush some legal scholars may view the idea of precedent differently and that the Supreme Court "can always overrule its precedent". The senator then repeated a Democratic refrain that an appointment to the Supreme Court deserves proper vetting and the confirmation hearing is incomplete without Kavanaugh's White House documents.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in an email that Democrats were trying to smear Kavanaugh's reputation, later adding that outside experts had said the Democrats lacked proof of their allegations.

The end of contentious confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has shifted the focus back to potential swing votes like Republican Sen.

With Republicans holding a slim 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, it appears unlikely that efforts to defeat the Kavanaugh nomination will succeed. With no sign of any Republicans planning to vote against Kavanaugh, he seemed poised to win confirmation despite Democratic opposition. If approved by the full Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Supreme Court justices must be impartial in ruling on constitutional checks and balances, . But he said that he never let Kavanaugh know he had seen documents taken from Democrats.

And while Kavanaugh's judicial record was widely known beforehand, the hearings revealed new information and insight into how the final vote for his confirmation will fare in the coming weeks - and what Kavanaugh thinks about some key issues.

"Judge Kavanaugh's extensive record and recent hearing demonstrate his priorities rest with upholding the Constitution and the rule of law", Moore said.

Some democrats believe Kavanaugh will help overturn Roe v. Wade, which gives women the right to have an abortion.

The documents show that on Christmas Eve 1998, Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close and suggesting they inform the attorney general that the findings against Clinton be left to the next president.

Collins' support is crucial to Kavanaugh's nomination, as Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate with the recent confirmation of Sen.

"Judge Kavanaugh stated two facts: not all legal scholars agree that Roe is settled law and three judges on the Court at the time were anti-Roe", Collins spokeswoman Annie Clark said. Hunter Lechance, a 15-year-old asthma sufferer, warned that if Kavanaugh is confirmed it would mean "more air pollution, more asthma attacks, and more premature deaths for the millions of Americans unfortunate enough to be afflicted with asthma like me".

"I am also deeply troubled by Judge Kavanaugh's views on executive power. Because if judges were to rediscover these principles, then the Supreme Court would not be as powerful as it is today, and out nation would be less divisive", Lee wrote.

Booker's threat to release the emails prompted committee chair John Cornyn of Texas to read a rule stating that Booker could be dismissed from the Senate if he did so.

In a summary of the argument presented by the pro-life Catholic group Priests for Life in the case Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which was brought over the HHS contraception mandate, Kavanaugh stated that the priests "said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objecting to".

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