Cory Booker releases "Committee Confidential" documents during Kavanaugh hearing

07 September, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance.

Feinstein had asked the question in the context of USA v. Nixon, the 1974 unanimous Supreme Court ruling ordering then-President Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation.

And on Wednesday, Klobuchar pointedly used female pronouns to describe the president when she questioned Kavanaugh on hypotheticals about executive power. Kavanaugh said he was happy to discuss the precedent established in Nixon, which he called one of the greatest moments in Supreme Court history, but did not want to discuss potential situations.

During Wednesday's confirmation hearing, Leahy confronted Kavanaugh over the apparent contradiction between these emails and the judge's 2004 testimony, but Leahy said he was not permitted to make the emails public because they were deemed "committee confidential".

Harris, wearing a stern expressing and speaking in the same kind of tone, urged him to "be sure about your answer, sir". He asked for a specific name saying he was "happy to be refreshed".

"With all that you remember, you have an impeccable memory - you've been speaking for nearly eight hours - maybe more with this committee, about all sorts of things you've been asked", Harris said skeptically.

Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) led Kavanaugh through a cat-and-mouse-like game of questioning about whether the judge had any conversation with anyone who worked at Trump's lawyers' firm about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Lee broke in to say law firms "abound" in Washington and are full of people.

In part three of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, drama has again been the order of the day. "Can I ask you how long you're going to say the same thing three or four times?".

There's no word on what receipts the California Senator might have which drove her to asking Kavanaugh about conversations he might have had about Mueller. "I've never given anyone any hints, forecasts, previews, winks, nothing about my view as a judge or how I would rule as a judge or anything related to that", he said.

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In a very intense exchange, California Sen.

Stay tuned for when Harris gets her second round of questions sometime Thursday night.

The finger-pointing over the unusual vetting process for Trump's nominee made for a rough start for the final day of questioning of Kavanaugh who has so far avoided major missteps that could block his confirmation. "In fact, we have said yes to every request made by the Senate Democrats to make documents public".

Kavanaugh repeatedly said the landmark case is settled law, but he left wiggle room to rule against abortion advocates once on the court.

At times during Day One of questioning, Democrats brought up decades-old cases and engaged in in-the-weeds legal debates with Kavanaugh. "The stolen material detailed Democrats" efforts to oppose President George W. Bush's judicial nominees.

Kavanaugh had stressed his adherence to this principle at the beginning of the hearing, arguing the standard was key to preserving his judicial independence should he be confirmed, and reiterated those sentiments to Feinstein.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., commented on Booker's defiance. "If you're coming after @SenBooker for releasing these documents, count me in".

At another point, Sen.

With Booker's act of civil disobedience providing more transparency to Kavanaugh's hearings, many Democrats have rallied behind their colleague, some joining him in breaking Senate rules.

On Tuesday the internet exploded with conspiracy theories after a former clerk for Kavanaugh, who was seated behind the Supreme Court nominee, was accused of making a white supremacist hand gesture.

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