How Brett Kavanaugh will collide with a changing America

How Brett Kavanaugh will collide with a changing America

How Brett Kavanaugh will collide with a changing America

Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump.

Eleven years after Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton used Senate hearings as an anti-Iraq war launchpad for their presidential ambitions, two Democratic senators are similarly seizing on the Supreme Court battle to play to the gallery of 2020 primary voters.

It's a sad commentary that in retrospect, now-Justice Elena Kagan's confirmation in 2010 seems like something from a different era, when senators on both sides of the aisle took the vetting process for the highest court in the land seriously.

Republican leaders are trying to confirm Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court's next session begins October 1.

The committee held four tumultuous days of hearings last week on Kavanaugh's nomination.

On Friday, Democratic witnesses expressed concern about Kavanaugh's record on a range of issues including affirmative action, the rights of people with disabilities, access to birth control and abortion.

On Friday, New York University law professor Melissa Murray told lawmakers that Kavanaugh would provide the "necessary fifth vote that would utterly eviscerate" Roe v. Wade. "And make no mistake about it".

Beddard, a graduate student, said that she was drawn to protest Kavanaugh's nomination due to his stance on Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Collins, a pro-abortion rights Republican, is considered to be a vital swing-vote for Kavanaugh's nomination along with Sen. They talked about his intelligence and open-mindedness, calling him "thoughtful", "wonderfully warm" and a "fair-minded and independent jurist". The Women's March partnered with the Center for Popular Democracy to help coordinate interruptions during the hearing and will assist demonstrators who are fined or arrested with legal and financial support, said Sarsour. He's smart. Be careful what you wish for.

Graham pressed the issue, and Kavanaugh responded that the Supreme Court applied the liberty clause in its decisions regarding abortion: "The Supreme Court has found it under the liberty clause but you're right".

One of the Democrats' star witnesses was John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House counsel who cooperated with prosecutors during the Watergate investigation. REUTERS/Alex WroblewskiProtesters are detained by police during the third day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. Kavanaugh is likely to push the conservative-leaning court further to the right, if confirmed. Booker implied that Kavanaugh's use of the term implied racial insensitivity, but in fact, the Supreme Court had ruled set asides to be invalid, so it was completely sensible for the staff secretary, a lawyer and former Supreme Court clerk, to alert the agency that it was on shaky legal ground. "What I found that was striking is that in the 12 years you've been on the D.C. Circuit, of all the matters that you and Chief Judge Garland have voted on together, that you voted together 93 percent of the time", Sen.

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. The Republicans have the votes, and can simply report out Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the floor. The document was partially redacted.

Democrats also questioned Kavanaugh's ability to separate himself from Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh has repeatedly insisted he fully embraces the importance of judicial independence.

Much of the debate among senators has focused more on the disclosure of documents than on Kavanaugh's record.

But Booker continued throughout the day Thursday to release documents on Twitter - some of which appeared to show Kavanaugh's personal views on the protection of religious interests - that were confirmed by the Judiciary Committee chairman, Republican Sen.

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