Can President Trump Pardon Himself? Brett Kavanaugh Won't Say

Fred Guttenberg the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland Fla. left attempts to shake hands with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh right as he leaves for a

Fred Guttenberg the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland Fla. left attempts to shake hands with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh right as he leaves for a

Republicans have said that Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, including his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary.

Nonetheless, Democrats successfully delayed much of the hearing with long-winded speeches blasting Kavanaugh on the merits of his rulings, writings, and beliefs.

What were the protests about?

Kavanaugh also refused to say whether he thinks a president can pardon himself - or provide a pardon in exchange for a bribe or pardon someone on the understanding that the person wouldn't testify against the president.

Others claimed the judge would let people with pre-existing medical conditions be stripped of medical coverage.

"More women are going to be sent to back-alley abortions!" one protester screamed as she was removed by police. Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"

For instance, the Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Johnson v. U.S., a case about whether police can use a routine, minor traffic violation to justify the seizure of a auto and its passengers in the hopes of finding evidence of other crimes.

In his opening remarks, Grassley accused Democrats - who plotted strategy for the hearing on a conference call Monday - of colluding with protesters to disrupt the hearing.

WASHINGTON-In the opening minutes of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said that "no one is above the law" in response to questions about whether he would be too deferential to presidential power or to the president who nominated him.

Kavanaugh worked for Starr, and urged Starr to take an aggressive approach when questioning Clinton about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.




Before the hearing even officially began, Democrats tried to put a stop to it, complaining that they had not received thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh's background, and that thousands of pages that they did receive were not turned over to them until the night before.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, said the hearing had degenerated into "mob rule" within the first hour. "We have gotten far more for every Supreme Court justice that has been mentioned here, far more than just 10%".

But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous".

In a preview of the tough questions Kavanaugh will face Wednesday, Democratic senators said they would press the judge on his views about abortion, gun control, and executive power.

Why is the nomination contentious?

Schools: A parent's right to make decisions about their children's schooling can be traced back to two Supreme Court decisions in the 1920s.

Feinstein had asked the question in the context of USA v. Nixon, the 1974 unanimous Supreme Court ruling ordering then-President Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation. Kennedy retired at the end of July.

They are also concerned about his argument in a 2009 legal article that a sitting president should be immune to prosecution.

Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate once Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator, is sworn in to fill the seat held by the late Sen. They're raising the question of whether Republicans are trying to hide something in Kavanaugh's record. There were no signs of Republican defections.

"My understanding is that you're asking me to give my view on a potential hypothetical and thats something that each of the eight justices now sitting in the supreme court when they were sitting in my seat declined to decide hypothetical cases", Kavanaugh said.

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