Pence Blasts Behavior at SCOTUS Hearing: Kavanaugh 'Distinguished Himself' Democrats 'Embarrassed Themselves'


After the committee votes on the nomination in the coming weeks, a final Senate vote is expected later in the month.

The hearing ended on Friday after the committee heard from outside witnesses testifying for and against the nomination, with anti-Kavanaugh protesters again interrupting the proceedings.

In a 2003 email, Kavanaugh suggested striking a line from a draft opinion piece that had stated "it is widely accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are the settled law of the land", saying that the Supreme Court could overturn it.

Richmond said Kavanaugh questions key legal precedents that have benefited the black community, and his confirmation would "fortify a generation of destructive conservative ideology at a time when several historically significant legal challenges will come before the high court". In fact, at a town hall in Osceola, Grassley was bombarded with so many Kavanaugh questions that he started imploring the attendees to ask about something else.

Though Kavanaugh's nomination will appear on the Judiciary Committee's business meeting on Thursday, Democrats are expected to delay a vote until next week, likely on September 20.

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She said that Miranda then handed everything over to Kavanaugh.

Colorado's junior U.S. Sen. Affirmative action refers to policies that favor groups like racial minorities in practices such as hiring that have experienced past discrimination.

Republican leaders are trying to confirm Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court's next session begins October 1. That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation. "For these reasons, I will oppose his nomination", Bennet said.

Guttenberg extended his hand to Kavanaugh, but the judge did not reciprocate.

Other Democrat Senators joined Booker and encouraged their Republican colleagues to also expel them from the body for knowingly breaking Senate rules. And Kavanaugh said essentially to the author that that was an overstatement. Did the Democrats get any traction with their argument the Republicans were hiding millions of documents? Today's times are different, they are undoubtedly decisive, and the gap of division competes in size with the Grand Canyon.

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Fellow Democrats Menendez and Pallone praised Booker for his courage in demanding release of the documents. The documents he was allegedly willing to throw himself on his own sword over were released hours earlier and his office was made aware. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., contended the system the Republican majority was using to categorize documents as committee confidential was no transparent and unfair. John Cornyn, R-Texas., on Thursday.

For Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, of California, and Cory Booker, of New Jersey, the week was a chance to grab some national attention and score some points with the progressive base - as many political observers wonder about their presidential aspirations in 2020.

Senate Democrats have vowed a tough fight to block Kavanaugh.

In written testimony submitted before Friday's Senate confirmation hearing, Dean predicts that with Brett Kavanaugh on the high court, it will become "a weak check, at best, on presidential power".

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

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