Some Experts Tout, Others Trash Kavanaugh To Close Hearing

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During his time questioning the nominee, Leahy asked Kavanaugh about whether receiving emails about Democratic strategies marked "highly confidential" or "take no action on this" raised any "red flags".

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. 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 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.

Grassley, R-Iowa, said there's "plenty of time" to review documents but now it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.

He just released them to the public! The document is partially redacted.

During testimony Friday, NYU Law School professor Melissa Murray, a former law clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said Kavanaugh will provide the "necessary fifth vote that would utterly eviscerate" Roe v. Wade.

While the above two examples are probably worrying enough to most Black folks, Asians may also want to pay attention to Kavanaugh's apparent racism, according to one of the emails that tried to reinforce racial stereotypes.

"Because too many judges have become far too willing to interpret the law based on their policy preferences, not what the law actually says". Dick Durbin of IL argued.

Without referencing him by name, President Donald Trump described Booker's treatment of Kavanaugh as foolish.

Both Lee and Hatch criticized Sen. "The email does not contradict Judge Kavanaugh's statements that he believes Roe to be settled law and that he agrees it is important precedent".

Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance, and Republicans are united behind him, eager to add a conservative judge to the court.

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Yazmine Hernandez, 20, was studying with Simpson when they heard the commotion. "We are simply heartbroken to hear of his death". Officials would not answer questions as to how the mixup happened, or how the officer got inside someone else's apartment.

Democrats pressed Kavanaugh over several days on the issue of presidential power.

Late Wednesday evening, Kavanaugh seemed to stumble at first when questioned by Democrat Kamala Harris of California about whom he might have spoken with at a law firm concerning the investigation into Russian election meddling. But he said the showy, disruptive display at the Kavanaugh hearing "reinforces their concerns of people not focusing on the challenges the country faces".

When Thursday's questioning finally began, Sen.

On a separate track, Sen. Democrats lack the votes to block confirmation, but have been pressing Kavanaugh for his views on abortion rights, gun control and other issues.

As Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas read aloud from rules stating that a senator who discloses "the secret or confidential business" of the Senate could be "liable.to suffer expulsion", Booker responded by saying: "Bring the charges".

Booker was supported by Democratic Sens.

Republicans argued that even discussing the documents in public was a violation. They were made available after 3 a.m. Thursday.

Kavanaugh had served as staff secretary to George W. Bush, and his work in the White House has figured in the hearing. The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.

"My process was fair", Grassley said as he opened the session.

Commentary on the hearing comes from Damon Root for Reason; Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress; John Nichols for The Nation; Hans A. von Spakovsky for Fox News; David B. Rivkin Jr.in The Hill; Monica Hesse for The Washington Post; Jeremy Stahl of Slate, with another piece from Slate from Dahlia Lithwick, who focuses on the protesters who interrupted the hearings. "There's no hecklers' veto", he said. Republicans hope to confirm the judge, who would nudge the high court further to the right, in time for the first day of court's new term, October 1.

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