Hundreds Arrested in Multiday Protests of Brett Kavanaugh

Pauline Gross
September 13, 2018

The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.

It was only seven seconds into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing when Sen. "During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material", she wrote.

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.

During a Fox News Sunday interview, Coons refused to say whether Booker would be required to meet with the Senate Ethics Committee, suggesting the document dump might have come at a price. The hearings, which began September 4, included several disruptions by protestors, seemingly political lines of questioning by senators, and even a cameo appearance by the youth basketball team he coaches. The only recent case in which Kavanaugh ruled on abortion came past year, when he argued that an undocumented minor teenager in federal custody should not be permitted to have an abortion immediately. Kavanaugh appeared puzzled. "I'm not thinking of any right now, senator", he said.

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.

"Regrettably, the majority's accession to the administration's refusal to disclose Judge Kavanaugh's full record - including almost 90 percent of the documents from his time in the Bush White House -represents a further abdication of the Senate's constitutional responsibility to advise and consent", Bennett said. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, about what kinds of firearms would fall into the category of "unusual" weapons not suitable for public ownership.

The document was partially redacted.

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If confirmed, Kavanaugh is seen as likely to tilt the top USA court even further to the right.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the third day of his Senate confirmation hearings dodged questions about whether he would recuse himself from cases related to the special counsel Robert Mueller or the Russian Federation investigation if they reach the Supreme Court. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly stated the importance of judicial independence. And God bless Mr. Trump for naming such a fine man to the Supreme Court, so writes Ben Stein in The American Spectator.

The Supreme Court nominee had a similar response to California Sen. "We'll see where we are". Kavanaugh, like previous nominees, declined to answer hypothetical questions that might come before him as a justice.

Collins said based on her conversations with Kavanaugh, Roe would be hard to overturn because of the principle of respecting precedent. John Cornyn of Texas, bemoaned the "mob rule" at the hearings. Democrats and Booker responded, "Bring it on". Also, Republicans declassified the documents several hours before Booker released them.

The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House. Democrats objected to the White House withholding more than 100,000 documents about Kavanaugh, and Republicans accused Democrats of trying to drag out the process to score political points with liberal groups.

But an aide to committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, noted that Booker's staff and other aides to Democrats who requested some of those documents be made public were informed before Thursday's session that the public release had been approved.

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