Tillis delivers opening statement at Supreme Court Hearing
- Author: Joey Payne Sep 06, 2018,
Sep 06, 2018, 13:12
Asked whether he was on an email list that Kozinski used to send offensive material, Kavanaugh responded: "I don't remember anything like that". Patrick Leahy of Vermont about pardons.
Fred Guttenberg (L), father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, tries to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he leaves for lunch break during Tuesday's confirmation hearing.
The decision to hide a significant portion of Judge Kavanaugh's White House record-announced on the eve of his confirmation hearing for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court-is deeply concerning. The 53-year-old appellate judge answered cautiously when asked about those most matters.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) brought the hearing to order, he was interrupted by multiple protests.
The hearing got off to a chaotic start on Tuesday, when Democrats sought a postponement over thousands of withheld documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time in the George W Bush White House. He said he "saw some incredible answers to very complex questions".
Dreith said she and the other arrestees were hustled down to the building's basement while wearing plastic zip-tie handcuffs and kept in a garage-like holding area.
The Democrats weren't the only ones who recognized the importance of questions about Trump and the Russian Federation investigation. I am glad Judge Kavanaugh is before us, he has more than 300 opinions the members can review to ask about his legal knowledge and constitutional understanding.
He also stressed that while he ultimately sided with the Trump administration, he also "made clear [the transfer to a sponsor] had to happen very quickly", and "specifically said the government can not use this as a ruse to somehow prevent the abortion" entirely.
"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases.
The nine-justice court has until now been balanced between conservatives and liberals, with Anthony Kennedy considered the "swing vote".
On this day of bloviating, it was Sen.
"The president is subject to the laws". "It's not theory. It's not just what a law review article says".
Grassley has called Kavanaugh "one of the most qualified nominees ever picked for the court".
"Precedent's not like a cafeteria" where he could pick and choose what to follow, Kavanaugh stressed. Republicans have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh and are expected to do so.
Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.
"If that's a rule you'd use for [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor, why wouldn't you use that same rule for Kavanaugh", the chairman probed.
"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", added Kavanaugh, who was facing his first questions from senators after giving an opening statement on Tuesday.
The hearing gave Democrats a chance to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections, in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans. "This seems to me to be an effort at guilt by association, which is not the way this committee should operate", Hatch said. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.
Numerous documents that have been shielded from disclosure come from Kavanaugh's three years as associate White House counsel. "I don't know why it was marked 'committee confidential'".
Protesters at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, dressed as characters in "The Handmaid's Tale". "I do not believe that's consistent" with the way prior nominations have been handled.
Kavanaugh said his earlier testimony was "100 percent accurate".
"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution".
Democrats have accused Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat when they refused to consider Merrick Garland, Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to the high court, in 2016.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) noted that a case being argued tomorrow in a Texas court - one that could eventually reach the Supreme Court - questions whether the ACA should be declared unconstitutional. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while.