"Handmaids" are protesting at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing

by Fredrick Graves September 6, 2018, 13:25

Still, he began his long day in the witness chair by declaring that "no one is above the law". Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), have suggested that Trump nominated Kavanaugh in an effort to protect himself from possible legal peril stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, along with an FBI investigation into the president's former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Then Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another Democrat, chimed in.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said it would be "unseemly for the president of the United States to be picking a Supreme Court justice who could soon be effectively a juror in a case involving the president himself".

A few hours later, Sen.

"Have you discussed [special counsel Robert] Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer?" she asked.

Harris continued to press Kavanaugh on the matter, but he repeatedly hedged, saying he couldn't be sure without knowing everyone who worked at the firm.

The US Capitol Police said 61 people were removed from the committee room on Tuesday and arrested for disorderly conduct. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said in an unsparing opening statement that criticized Kavanaugh's judicial opinions and the Senate process that Democrats said had deprived them of access to records of important chunks of Kavanaugh's time as an aide to former president George W. Bush.

That didn't mean Feinstein gave Kavanaugh a pass. He said he "saw some incredible answers to very complex questions".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) questioned him about his view that a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons is unconstitutional. But Archives says the review of those records will not be finished until the end of October.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

Kavanaugh said, "The first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure".

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Kavanaugh will field a second, shorter round of questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh said such guns are covered by the US Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

Susan Collins (R-Maine) that he believes Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, is "settled law", in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, he appeared to suggest that he thinks it was wrongly decided.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court, which already had a conservative majority, further to the right. 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".

The protesters are adding their voices to the outnumbered committee Democrats, who tried to delay the hearings, arguing that important documents about Kavanaugh have been withheld. Kavanaugh promised a "completely open mind" if such issues came before him as a judge.

"Does the president have the ability to pardon somebody in exchange for the promise from that person that they wouldn't testify against them", Leahy asked Kavanaugh.

"As a general proposition I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", Kavanaugh said.

"This is something I've never gone through before", Grassley acknowledged.

"They were ideas of Congress to consider, they were not my constitutional views", he said of the article. Majority Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush.

Healthcare was also prominently featured in the remarks from committee members - mostly on the Democratic side.

Kavanaugh, accused by Democrats of being a tool for big corporations and a foe of the little guy, wasted little time in trying to humanize himself Wednesday.

The father of a student killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh refused to shake his hand during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing. John McCain. When Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will hold 51 of the 100 seats.

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