Judge Kavanaugh Says His Loyalty Is to the Constitution, Not Trump

Judge Kavanaugh Says His Loyalty Is to the Constitution, Not Trump

Judge Kavanaugh Says His Loyalty Is to the Constitution, Not Trump

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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.

Amid the nearly continuous disruption, Texas Republican John Cornyn said it was "the first confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice I've seen basically according to mob rule". Patrick Leahy of Vermont about pardons.

It is a simple concept we learned in grade school, that no one is above the law. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.

The Trump administration has refused to release thousands of documents about the conservative federal appeals court judge's work for President George W Bush. "It has been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years". Capitol Police on Tuesday removed 61 protesters opposed to Kavanaugh from the room and charged them with disorderly conduct.

In an August 31 letter, Bill Burck informed the Committee for the first time that almost 102,000 pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's work in the White House Counsel's Office are being withheld from the Committee and the public based on "constitutional privilege".

U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court has pledged to be a neutral "umpire" who favours the law over personal preference. He said he "saw some incredible answers to very complex questions".

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that USA v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called US v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history".

Trump has often criticized the judiciary.

Asked by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, whether he would have any trouble ruling against Trump or the executive branch, Kavanaugh replied: "No one is above the law in our constitutional system".

But this was only her opening statement, which didn't leave an opportunity for Kavanaugh to say anything back that might clarify his views.

He cited historic cases including the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that desegregated schools and the US v. Nixon decision that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. 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. That is the period of time when Kavanaugh served as Bush's staff secretary - and for which the White House has said no documents need to be produced because they involve confidential discussions.

Democrats have raised concerns that if the special counsel investigation were to make its way to the supreme court, Kavanaugh could not be impartial toward the president who appointed him.

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

"I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v Wade", he said.

Asked why Democrats shouldn't have a chance to thoroughly review and vet those documents, Grassley said "because it's irrelevant to his being a judge".

In 2012, Kavanaugh was part of a panel that scrapped an Environmental Protection Agency measure aimed at reducing air pollution in the United States.

Kavanaugh defended his dissenting opinion a year ago in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody.

Klobuchar's statement also reviewed several reasons she is concerned about what she considers Trump's disrespect for the rule of law and the Constitutional balance of powers, and she implied that in Kavanaugh he seeks an enabler. "These e-mails will all be disclosed in 12 years".

Kavanaugh said he knew nothing about the accusations and that he was not on an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send inappropriate material.

The mostly female demonstrators shouted out that Mr Kavanaugh would allow President Trump to pardon himself. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects. Many are being held as confidential within the committee.

"Voters in West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Alabama care deeply about women having control over the bodies, protecting the health of their families, clean air and water, defending our democracy, and standing up to greedy billionaires and racist politicians who are using our differences to scare and distract us while they line their pockets", the letter reminds Schumer. "I do not believe that's consistent" with the way prior nominations have been handled.

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed early in October at the start of the next Supreme Court term. "I understand the issue, but as a judge my job as I saw it was to follow the Second Amendment opinion of the Supreme Court whether I agree with it or disagree with it".

They now have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, after Jon Kyl was sworn in Wednesday to fill the seat held by the late Sen. "The American Bar Association, whose assessment Democratic leaders have called the "gold standard" of judicial evaluations, rated Judge Kavanaugh unanimously well-qualified".

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

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