Kavanaugh emphasizes judicial independence as second day of Supreme Court hearing begins

Kavanaugh emphasizes judicial independence as second day of Supreme Court hearing begins

Kavanaugh emphasizes judicial independence as second day of Supreme Court hearing begins

"The only question that's ever been debated is whether the actual process should happen while still in office", Kavanaugh said.

"Senator, I said that it is settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court entitled to respect under principles of stare decisis", Kavanaugh explained.

Leahy also touched on another major Democratic concern about the next Supreme Court justice: how they view presidential immunity.

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing for the Supreme Court began Tuesday morning with plenty of partisan bickering but it was the lunch break exit by Kavanaugh that has some wondering whether he intentionally snubbed the handshake of Fred Guttenberg, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg. A newly minted Justice Kavanaugh could be forced to rule on issues relating directly to the man who nominated him.

A few hours later, Sen.

Harris continued to ask him specifically about any discussions with employees at Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, the firm of Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz. She promised to follow up, amid Republican complaints that she was being unfair.

As they did the day before, protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, before being removed from the room by security personnel. Police arrested 70 people by the end of the day for "unlawful demonstration activities". Kavanaugh will be an umpire, sure, one who calls balls for one team and strikes for another. Meanwhile, CNN reported that two Democratic Senators facing reelection in states where Trump won by double digits, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, said they have seen nothing disqualifying him from confirmation so far. He said he "saw some incredible answers to very complex questions".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, introduced Guttenberg and several other advocates during her opening statement. Kavanaugh said maintaining judicial independence "requires me to avoid commenting on current events".

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 Kavanaugh had previously questioned.

He said that during his 12 years as a federal appeals judge in Washington, he decided more than 300 cases. But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim majority in the Senate, and with no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top USA judicial body. Kavanaugh is expected to push the court to the right. Kavanaugh said that Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to an abortion set an "important precedent" that has "been reaffirmed many times".

In defending his dissent to Klobuchar, who supports net neutrality, Kavanaugh cited the "major decisions" doctrine, which is related to Chevron. He sided with the four liberals on such major rulings as upholding abortion and gay rights, and affirmative action to increase university admissions for racial minorities.

Garland is the chief judge of the appeals court on which Kavanaugh has served. Kavanaugh considered the judge a friend and mentor and Kozinski testified at Kavanaugh's 2006 confirmation hearing to be an appellate judge. Asked whether he knew about the allegations before they became public, Kavanaugh responded: "nothing".

They railed against the unusual vetting process by Republicans that failed to include documents from three years Kavanaugh worked in the Bush administration, and 100,000 more pages withheld by the Trump White House. "It's not theory. It's not just what a law review article says". Majority Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush.

The Senate can not fulfill its constitutional duty if the White House withholds documents necessary for Senators to know whether a nominee has been truthful in testimony before the Committee.

The freakish thing, as the New York Post pointed out, is that Democrats had already chose to vote against Judge Kavanaugh.

But Kavanaugh declined to engage, saying.

Kavanaugh also said he was unaware of the domestic violence allegations against Rob Porter, who was Trump's staff secretary.

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