Kavanaugh Questioned On Controversial Abortion Opinion

Kavanaugh Questioned On Controversial Abortion Opinion

"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'".

More than abortion or gun control or health care, what is at stake in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh is the security of our constitutional system and the rule of law.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn described the scene saying, "this is the first confirmation hearing subject to mob rule".

But Kavanaugh stressed the importance of judicial independence. In Meyer v. Nebraska, the Court struck down a Nebraska law that prohibited teaching foreign languages in public schools to young students, finding that it violated the right to liberty, which includes the right to "establish a home and bring up children".

The first day of hearings for Kavanaugh was marked by frequent protests and calls from Senate Democrats for the process to be suspended until more relevant documents are made public. Before Kavanaugh was announced as the nominee, Harris said whoever President Donald Trump nominated represented the "destruction" of the U.S. Constitution.

Others claimed the judge would let people with pre-existing medical conditions be stripped of medical coverage. One woman was led out shouting, "Sham president, sham justice". Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"

"It is a question therefore that is a hypothetical question that I can't begin to answer, in this context as a sitting judge and as a nominee to the Supreme Court".

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's conservative nominee for the USA supreme court, faced sharp questions on Capitol Hill on some of the hottest issues raging in American society - abortion, gun rights and presidential power - during the second day of his dramatic confirmation hearing.

No such conciliation was apparent on the Senate Judiciary Committee - or from the White House.

Democrats are demanding they be allowed to review the 100,000 documents about Mr Kavanaugh's record. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while interrupting Grassley, referring to the September 3 release to the committee of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.

Asked about an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send offensive material, Kavanaugh said: "I don't remember anything like that".

But the panel chairman refused to delay the process.

"The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution", he said.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was grilled on a controversial abortion case where he twice sided with the Trump administration's argument that it could block a detained immigrant minor's abortion until she was found a sponsor.

Why is the nomination contentious?

Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.

Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate. They're raising the question of whether Republicans are trying to hide something in Kavanaugh's record. So far, there are no signs of Republican defections. But the justices often say they seek consensus when they can, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions.

As for Kavanaugh, he'll likely be confirmed. The court begins its next term in October.

For more on the Senate Judiciary Committee proceedings, you can read Jessica Mason Pieklo's live-tweets here.

"So who are you going to believe on this one?" he asked. But Kavanaugh's paper trail goes beyond that, as he also worked in the George W. Bush White House and for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton.

He revealed he had hoped to tell the judge: 'I hope you can be part of making sure no other parent has to feel the way I do, because we can fix this'.