Harris puts Kavanaugh on edge with Mueller question

Harris puts Kavanaugh on edge with Mueller question

Harris puts Kavanaugh on edge with Mueller question

Sen. Cory Booker, in a volatile exchange during the Senate committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, released confidential presidential documents on Tuesday, violating a confidentiality rule and now could be in trouble with his Congressional colleagues.

He was pressed once again for his views on presidential power.

Brett Kavanaugh and Sen.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, "selecting a justice on the Supreme Court who potentially will cast a decisive vote in his own case". And this decision to break the rules is a calculated one aimed at demonstrating that the New Jersey Democrat knows how to fight dirty - and is willing to do just that against President Donald Trump. Kavanaugh still declined to engage in a hypothetical he said closely resembled the earlier one. I concur with what you are doing.

And he praised the landmark Supreme Court ruling that President Richard Nixon was required to turn over White House tape recordings and other evidence related to the Watergate scandal.

He explicitly criticized the withholding of the profiling document.

Kavanaugh said that when the allegations became public, they were a "gut punch" for him and for the federal judiciary.

Also on Thursday, a newly disclosed 2003 email, separate from the messages Booker released, but also deemed "committee confidential", reveals that Kavanaugh has questioned whether Roe v. Wade - the 1973 case that affirmed the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion - is settled law.

Klobuchar: Do you personally have any objections to the release of the documents from your time as staff secretary?




"No, I haven't seen anything from that standpoint", Sen. Booker releasing the information was no different than releasing classified information, Cornyn said.

As Chairman Chuck Grassley floundered about in his usual way, trying to defend his document confidentiality process, Democrats lined up to express solidarity with Booker. They were released by the committee minutes later.

Almost two hours after Booker's dramatics were proven cynical at best, CNN's home page announced, "Cory Booker releases confidential emails". "Let's go through that process because I think the public should understand that at a moment someone is up for a lifetime appointment.I hope they'll follow through". Others in the White House suggested racial profiling might be legally justified if it enhanced security.

"The fundamental problem in this case is that these DOT regulations use a lot of legalisms and disguises to mask what in reality is a naked racial set-aside", he wrote.

He conceded that hopes he expressed almost two decades ago for a color-blind society have not been fulfilled.

The best part came when Harris asked Kavanaugh if he spoke with someone working at Trump's law firm about Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "Our long march to racial equality is not over". It was among the documents leaked to the New York Times. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to read a 2003 email in which Brett Kavanaugh says not all legal scholars refer to the abortion case Roe v. Wade as settled law.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh said he understands the weight that many people attach to Roe.

The piece was written in response to the Supreme Court case Rice v. Cayetano, in which the Supreme Court ruled that excluding voters because they are not Hawaiian violated the 14th and 15th amendments.

"Please tell us what judicial independence means to you, including whether you have any trouble ruling against the president who appointed you", Sen. "I'm sure you can understand, sir, how it puts all of us in a very hard situation when it's not you.it's somebody you have to go - then go back to a person named Bill Burck to decide if some document - who is an associate, who is an associate and colleague of the nominee - to figure out which documents are going to be released".

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