Cory Booker releases committee confidential document on Brett Kavanaugh

Cory Booker releases committee confidential document on Brett Kavanaugh

Cory Booker releases committee confidential document on Brett Kavanaugh

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats' relentless attacks against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were scarce Friday, apparently thanks to the presence of the American Bar Association (ABA).

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.

But the 53-year-old appellate judge stuck to a well-rehearsed script throughout his testimony, providing only glimpses of his judicial stances while avoiding any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his confirmation. The full Senate confirmation vote is expected to come at the end of the month, with the aim of having Kavanaugh seated when the Supreme Court opens its next term at the beginning of October. Democratic witnesses also included a student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for a pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed a year ago.

On the Republican side, former solicitors general Theodore Olson and Paul Clement will testify in support of the nominee, along with former students, law clerks and the mother of a basketball player Kavanaugh coached. "I have been involved in confirmation hearings for six Supreme Court justices".

The Republican Party is trying to get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed without allowing those confirming him to properly review the reams of documentation of Brett Kavanaugh's career prior to becoming a judge.

The line of questioning follows that of other Democratic senators this week who have sought clarity about Kavanaugh's political leanings. 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.

"The current nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, does not believe that the individual mandate is constitutional", Malone said.

"Cory publicly released those documents as well as other committee confidential documents today".

The document was partially redacted. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Kavanaugh demurred on the issue: "If I committed to deciding a particular case. all I would be doing is demonstrating that I don't have the independence of the judiciary".

The questions related to the ongoing investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. The nation has the right to expect the truth from a sitting federal judge and Supreme Court nominee.

"I know that we still have at least a day and half of hearings, so I figure there's going to be more to listen to", Murkowski said.

But Senator Patrick Leahy pressed Kavanaugh further, claiming that a "committee confidential" email may show that Kavanaugh had asked a Justice Department lawyer to answer questions about the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance.

Republicans bristled at the Democrats' unusual move, with Texas Senator John Cornyn accusing Mr Booker of "conduct unbecoming of a senator".

"Bring the charges", the New Jersey senator demanded. A lawyer for former president George W. Bush provided 415,000 pages of documents last week, but the Trump administration made a decision to withhold 100,000 pages from the Senate under executive privilege.

Abortion advocates and Senate Democrats, however, weren't convinced by Kavanaugh's testimony, in which he also falsely described birth control pills as "abortion-inducing drugs".

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