The Resistance At The Kavanaugh Hearings: More Than 200 Arrests

Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism
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13 September, 2018

"It is becoming increasingly clear that Judge Kavanaugh has misled the Senate Judiciary Committee in a number of ways", Schumer said in a series of tweets Sunday. Rather than focusing on Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy and his legal opinions, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have chosen to focus on legislative issues that are the purvue of Congress - not the Supreme Court.

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.

Senate Democrats worked into the night Thursday in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump.

Asked on CBS' Face the Nation whether he would need to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, he said: "Well, we hope not".

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.

That means Pence's constitutionally allotted power to break Senate ties might be used in an unprecedented and potent way, to install Kavanaugh in the seat vacated by retiring justice Anthony M Kennedy, thereby tilting the court to the right.

"The way we stand up is by deciding cases and controversies independently without fear or favor", Kavanaugh said.

After a week of grilling Kavanaugh, the committee wrapped up the confirmation hearings Friday.

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In refusing to engage on Trump, Kavanaugh declined even to condemn the president's persistent criticism of the federal judiciary. "In decisions concerning women's bodily autonomy and their exercise of certain constitutional rights, like the right to contraception and the right to an abortion, Judge Kavanaugh has ignored, distorted or undermined existing precedents".

He emphasized his belief that Roe v. Wade was "an important precedent of the Supreme Court" that has "been reaffirmed many times".

"I am also deeply troubled by Judge Kavanaugh's views on executive power".

The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen.

"When a court order requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something under the Constitution or laws of the United States, under our constitutional system, that is the final word", Kavanaugh said. But the degree of opposition on display in the hearing room underscored the level of anger among progressive activists over a pick that would cement the Supreme Court's conservative majority for years, if not decades, to come. Also, Republicans declassified the documents several hours before Booker released them.

"If in fact (Kavanaugh) was not truthful, then obviously that would be a major problem for me", Collins said. So far, the committee has made public Kavanaugh's 17,000-page questionnaire and his more than 300 court cases as an appellate judge.

Asked about that document, Kavanaugh said he suggested the change because he thought the draft language was overstating the thinking of legal scholars at the time.

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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