Democrats threaten to leak documents on Kavanaugh's hidden views

Democrats threaten to leak documents on Kavanaugh's hidden views

Democrats threaten to leak documents on Kavanaugh's hidden views

Other Democratic senators soon joined in, threatening to release confidential emails and documents from Kavanaugh's time as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

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

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court, which already had a conservative majority, further to the right. One by one, Democrats, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all potential presidential contenders, demanded that Republicans delay the hearing.

Chairman Grassley has released all requested documents.

Hirono later released the documents, about programs for Native Hawaiians, on Twitter.

At 2:30 p.m., Leahy released a statement saying that Grassley had "assured" him that those six documents not made public for Wednesday's proceedings would be available for Thursday's questioning of Kavanaugh.

"I stand [with] Judiciary Committee Democrats who are well within their rights to release these very important documents that a former Kavanaugh deputy designed as 'committee confidential, '" Mr. Schumer tweeted. "I could not understand - I violated this rule knowingly - why these issues should be withheld from the public".

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so. He said victims of sexual harassment need better information about how to come forward. Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Kozinski in the early 1990s and remained friendly with him. Ted Cruz, who is fighting for his own re-election in Texas, apologized to Kavanaugh for the spectacle he said had less to do about the judge's legal record than Trump in the White House. It was among the documents leaked to the New York Times. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined Booker, saying they would take similar actions and accept the same punishments. "It has been reaffirmed many times", Kavanaugh told the panel.

"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.

"I owe my loyalty to the Constitution", Kavanaugh responded, holding up his tattered copy of the document.

"I have ruled sometimes for the prosecution and sometimes for criminal defendants, sometimes for workers and sometimes for businesses, sometimes for environmentalists and sometimes for coal miners".

"Under our system of government, the Executive Branch is subject to the law, subject to the court system, and that's an important part of Federalist 69, it's an important part of the constitutional structure, in general so too we, as judges, are separate from the Congress".

"I thought we were doing pretty well yesterday", he said, "but things went off the rails, it looks like, last night". It cited the so-called the US Supreme Court's Chevron doctrine, which gives expert federal agencies the discretion to interpret ambiguous statutes.

"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said.

As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen.

"If you love America, stop this travesty!" boomed one woman.

Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house.

Sitting alone at a table facing a bank of senators, Kavanaugh stressed the difficulty of deciding tough legal disputes and noted "real-world consequences" of his rulings.

Kavanaugh said Thursday that he has not discussed or given any hints about his views of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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