Cory Booker: I'm Breaking Senate Rules on Brett Kavanaugh

Cory Booker: I'm Breaking Senate Rules on Brett Kavanaugh

Cory Booker: I'm Breaking Senate Rules on Brett Kavanaugh

Both abortion rights advocates and opponents place enormous stock in what potential justices say about "settled law" on the topic, as a barometer of whether they would vote to overturn the the privacy-based ruling that protects a woman's right to an abortion.

On abortion, Kavanaugh noted that Roe has been affirmed "many times".

His comments are contained in a 2003 email chain where he was advising the Bush White House about the conservative nominee Priscilla Owen and providing comments on an op-ed. The document had been held by the committee as confidential, but was made public Thursday. The document is partially black out. He again declined to say whether the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade, was correctly decided, although he indicated - as he did on Wednesday - that it was a decision that merited respect as "an important precedent of the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh replied that he's unsure he knows everyone who works at that law firm and asked the senator if there was a specific person she was talking about.

While Booker appears to believe it is unconstitutional for a member of the press to question him on his way to a session of the Senate, he recently decried President Trump's attacks on the press as "moral vandalism".

Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance, and Republicans are united behind him. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kavanaugh said, "I don't recall any inappropriate conversations about the investigation". Kavanaugh said his 12 years as a judge demonstrated he was unafraid "to invalidate executive power when it violates the law".

Blumenthal asked if Kavanaugh would recuse himself from issues tied to Trump's "criminal or civil liability" that come before the Supreme Court.

She reiterated her questioned from Wednesday evening: whether Kavanaugh had a conversation about Mueller's probe with someone at Marc Kasowitz's firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres.

"We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly", Burck said by email.

The nominee, enduring back-to-back days of lengthy questioning, remained in good humor, making no gaffes that were likely to derail his confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, despite the efforts of Democrats opposed to him.

On a separate track, Sen. In the email, Booker says there's evidence Kavanaugh, when he was an aide to President George W. Bush, suggested it was appropriate to racially profile people to blunt post-911 terrorism.

Much of the debate has focused more on the disclosure of documents than on Kavanaugh's record. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) pledged to release documents marked "confidential".

Cornyn said Booker's possible 2020 presidential aspirations were his motivation for releasing the document, adding that no senator deserved to sit on the committee if they wanted to be a law unto themselves.

Asked by Democratic Senator Cory Booker whether he was picked because of an expectation of loyalty to Trump, Kavanaugh responded: "My only loyalty is to the Constitution". Asked about the email on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he was referring not to his own views but to the "views of legal scholars".

Booker had sought release late Wednesday, after questioning Kavanaugh on race and drawing rebuke from his colleagues for disclosing the confidential documents. The documents were made available after 3 a.m. Thursday, a few hours before the committee was gaveled into session.

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