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Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh confirmation vote as pressure grows

09 September 2018

Regarding judicial independence and presidential power, Kavanaugh said September 6, The Post reported, "I've made clear in my writings that a court order that requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something is the final word in our system".

Senate Democrats worked into the night Thursday in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. Testimony is expected from witnesses who will testify regarding Kavanaugh's fitness for the position.

Democrats have portrayed Kavanaugh as a justice who might vote to roll back or overturn the Roe v. Wade decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion. Dean thus echoed Democrats' demand throughout the three-day examination of Kavanaugh that they must have an estimated 1 million documents from the nominee's White House tenure before they can adequately assess his qualifications and temperament. He dodged questions about whether a president could pardon himself, or could be subject to a subpeona, although he did call the Supreme Court's 1974 decision that forced President Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history". A handful were children, including Aalayah Eastmond, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the shootings there earlier this year, and Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old from Kennebunkport, Maine, who has asthma and raised concerns about Kavanaugh's past environmental rulings.

Things got off to a tumultuous start Tuesday as angry Democrats tried unsuccessfully to postpone the hearings after the White House withheld more than 100,000 documents from Kavanaugh's work in the Bush administration.

Democrats pressed Kavanaugh over several days on the issue of presidential power. Those faculty focused heavily on personality traits, admiring "a warm and wonderful human being" and "thoughtful and fair-minded jurist" "who combines heart and head". More than two dozen witnesses testified in favor of and against President Trump's Supreme Court pick.

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"Some of that stuff's good as a politician, because it shows that you care", Watters acknowledged.

Booker released confidential White House emails pertaining to Kavanaugh. "If you torpedo Kavanaugh you'll likely end up with someone worse".

There's not. What Kavanaugh actually said and what Harris, other Democrat senators, and pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood put out is not up for debate. A spokeswoman for Collins said Saturday that a recently released email from Kavanaugh - in which he disputed that all legal scholars see Roe as settled - didn't contradict what he told the senator because he wasn't expressing his personal views. Murkowski, who also supports abortion rights, is reviewing Kavanaugh and won't announce her vote before his nomination goes to the Senate floor. Records should be public so that Americans can know more about a judge who will be determining so many weighty questions that affect them.

The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday, when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe. Organizations supportive of and opposed to Kavanaugh are airing television ads urging Mainers to contact Collins, while opponents of the nominee posted a stream of comments on ME politics-themed Twitter feeds on Saturday calling on Maine's senior senator to vote against him.

Sarsour told Reuters that her group's members accounted for 209 of the 212 arrests made Tuesday through Thursday, including almost all of the 177 arrests within the hearing room.

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate this week was frequently disrupted as protesters were removed from the hearing room by police, with more than 200 people arrested.

The document was partially redacted. The U.S. Supreme Court nominee was asked the very direct question Thursday evening by Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly stated the importance of judicial independence.

Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on September 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week.

Booker called the process used by the committee to decide which documents to make public "a bit of sham", a characterization rejected by the panel's chairman, Chuck Grassley.

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Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh confirmation vote as pressure grows