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Hundreds Arrested in Multiday Protests of Brett Kavanaugh

Hundreds Arrested in Multiday Protests of Brett Kavanaugh

If you want proof that our system is broken, you need only look at today's hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, where children who aren't old enough to vote testified against the nominee. Democrats objected to the White House withholding more than 100,000 documents about Kavanaugh, and Republicans accused Democrats of trying to drag out the process to score political points with liberal groups.

- After four days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has progressed closer towards eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has been strongly favored to win the 51 votes needed to be confirmed by the Senate.

Collins has highlighted Kavanaugh's view of Roe as "settled law" to defend her support of the Supreme Court nominee, despite saying before his nomination she would not vote for a nominee who is "hostile" toward Roe. If approved by the full Senate, Kavanaugh would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Pointing to President Trump's campaign rhetoric and pre-election list of 25 Supreme Court candidates "all very far to one side", Schumer told host John Catsimatidis he fears Kavanaugh is a power play for a presidential administration under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"The way we stand up is by deciding cases and controversies independently without fear or favor", Kavanaugh said. Calling the confirmation hearings a "sham", Booker said no senator should vote for the nominee until all documents had been reviewed.

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

During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material.

"I think that's what legal scholars have ― some ― some legal scholars have undoubtedly said things like that over time, but that ― that's different from what I as a judge ― my position as a judge is that there's 45 years of precedent and there's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe", he said.

Kavanaugh was questioned by both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate about his thoughts on the issue, and he offered no indication that he thought the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the legal existence of abortion rights, should be overturned, .

Democratic senators expressed concern about what they saw as Kavanaugh's expansive view of president powers.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement that Leahy's assertion shows "just how desperate he is to smear Judge Kavanaugh's stellar reputation".

In the email, Kavanaugh appears to balk at the suggestion that Roe is settled law.

Kavanaugh and members of the Judiciary Committee then headed into a private executive session. I care about the integrity of the Supreme Court.

Over the course of the hearings, Booker took the unusual step of releasing documents before he said they were cleared, although Republicans disputed that they were not cleared and Texas GOP Sen.

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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