Booker will violate rules to release Kavanaugh documents

Minnie NorrisSep 07, 2018

Kavanaugh had sidestepped questions from Booker on Wednesday night about the circumstances in which government can and cannot use race-conscious measures to address past discrimination.

"I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate", Booker said before releasing documents related to Kavanaugh's time as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House. Others have been provided to the committee on "confidential" terms, meaning senators can see them but they can't be made public.

But their chances of blocking Trump's nominee seemed to fade away by the end of a second marathon day of testimony in his confirmation hearing.

Some liberals have expressed concern Kavanaugh could be a rubber stamp for Trump and protect him from lawsuits and investigations.

"Bring it", said Sen.

Kavanaugh refused to say whether he had "the greatest respect" for Trump, a phrase Booker said he had used when describing Bush.

Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh will push the court to the right and that he will side with Trump in cases stemming from Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Kavanaugh said his 12 years as a judge demonstrated he was unafraid "to invalidate executive power when it violates the law".

The draft article that Kavanaugh had been asked to edit was written in support of a Bush appellate court nominee with the intent to send it out under the names of women opposed to abortion.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging senators to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.

"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.

Kavanaugh's defenders say his ruling resolved the case, as the Justice Department under President Barack Obama chose not to appeal. He called it "a moment of judicial independence where I think the court came together" in a unanimous decision.

"The subject of the question is you and whether you were part of a conversation regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation", Harris said.

"Why not right now, right now, even at the jeopardy of President Trump pulling back your nomination, why not now alleviate all of that suspicion that a reasonable person can have?"

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is seen as likely to tilt the top US court even further to the right. Yet these are pressing legal matters and Mr. Kavanaugh's views are of rightful interest.

The exchange between the two went on for a few minutes, as Harris, a former prosecutor, repeated her line of questioning and Kavanaugh said while he didn't remember, he did not know everyone employed at the law firm.

The Associated Press has obtained an email in which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh disputes that the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion access is settled law. The document had been among many held by the Senate Judiciary Committee as confidential, over the objections of Democrats, who have argued throughout this week's hearing that Republicans have shielded important papers about Presidential Donald Trump's nominee. They were released by the committee minutes later. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that he could be expelled from the Senate if he released documents marked "confidential" to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

However, the Washington Post later confirmed that the documents had already been cleared for release and the records representative was "surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics".

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.

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