USA senators question Kavanaugh about his record and legal positions

A protester is carried out during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing

Instead, her stinging defeat almost two years ago has left her on the outside, where she's launched a series of tweets attacking President Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he'll gut women's rights, workers' rights and health care.

Kavanaugh also said courts have to stick to law passed by Congress.

"This is the most incomplete, most partisan, least transparent vetting for any Supreme Court nominee I have ever seen", said Leahy. Trump's Justice Department has said it will not defend the law against pending challenges from the states.

The Trump administration has refused to release thousands of documents about the conservative federal appeals court judge's work for President George W Bush. The 53-year-old appellate judge answered cautiously when asked about those most matters. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

One of the concerns by most Democrats is the fact that the Senate has not received 93% of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time served in the White House, and 96% of these documents have not been made public.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh backed away from that expansive view of executive power by arguing he was just spitballing about how to protect a president from unnecessary and distracting lawsuits.

Senate Democrats looking to win the battle of public opinion over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are essentially accusing Republicans of concealing evidence to ensure his confirmation before the midterm election. "As a matter of the canons of judicial independence, I can't give you an answer to that hypothetical question", he responded. Dianne Feinstein of California, the panel's senior Democrat. "He's not being very specific", she said during a break in the proceedings. In particular, before the Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings this week regarding Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, all documents related to his work on judicial nominations should be disclosed. Some will say Kavanaugh misled them 12 years ago in his testimony concerning his involvement on the legal war on terror when he was a nominee for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh said he reversed the conviction of a man in a military commissions case who was convicted for an offense that wasn't an identified crime at the time it happened.

The first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Supreme Court hearing saw a huge number of protestors, both inside and out of the hearing room. Kavanaugh promised a "completely open mind" if such issues came before him as a Supreme Court justice.

After a day of disputes with his Democratic colleagues, Sen.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said they would have had to read 7,000 pages an hour overnight just to review the files shared on Monday evening.

Liberals worry that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

"Respect for precedent is important". As for Kavanaugh, he'll likely be confirmed.

"If the President does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available", Kavanaugh wrote. Pro-lifers celebrated his decision, though some lament that he based it partly on the theory that delaying her abortion didn't constitute an "undue burden".

Republican senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke positively about Kavanaugh but questioned the Trump administrations integrity.

- Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing turned into a political spectacle within moments of Tuesday's kickoff, as top Democrats tried to overtake the session with a rapid-fire string of objections and protesters shouted and screamed from the audience.

Kavanaugh said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed a year ago.

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