Kavanaugh: Trump isn't above the law

Should the confirmation hearing proceed to questioning, as scheduled on Wednesday, Democrats are expected to strongly press Kavanaugh on his position on abortion, and notably the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, as well as his endorsement of presidential immunity. A video of the incident shows Perabo shouting, along with other protesters, during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington DC.

The US Capitol Police said 61 people were removed from the committee room on Tuesday and arrested for disorderly conduct. In his testimony Tillis blamed Democrats for their lack of preparedness. Kavanaugh, a federal appeals judge, was nominated by Trump in July to replace the retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a critical swing vote on the nine-member bench.

But Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order.

Kavanaugh said Wednesday that when the allegations against former federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski became public, they were a "gut punch" for him and for the federal judiciary. "These opinions are the single most important factor on his resume, and I hope my colleagues have taken the time to review these cases".

With his wife, two children and parents sitting behind him, Kavanaugh called himself a judge with a straightforward judicial philosophy.

On one level, their desperation was understandable: A conservative majority could curtail Democrats ability to use an activist court to put through policies they cant win democratically. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while interrupting Grassley, referring to the September 3 release to the committee of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) noted that a case being argued tomorrow in a Texas court - one that could eventually reach the Supreme Court - questions whether the ACA should be declared unconstitutional.

Republicans also have released some, but not all, of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office under Bush.


"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said. "If we can't even have a nominee who can publicly say there is no right for 7.2 billion people to break into the world and demand an abortion - putting Roe aside - i dont [sic] know the goal of us engaging in this business", he said.

He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing a teenage unauthorised immigrant to get an abortion.

Kyl will have the option to hold the Arizona Senate seat until the next general election in 2020, but it's unclear if he'll stay in the post that long. "The Constitution establishes me as an independent judge bound to follow the law as written, the precedents of the Supreme Court".

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, who faces a four-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was also pressed on his approach to gun rights and the law around abortion. Read his opening statement if you want to understand the scope of what Senate Republicans are seeking to achieve by rushing the Kavanaugh nomination through before anyone has a meaningful chance to review more information about his 35 months of executive branch service.

Republicans also previous year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first high-court nominee.

Kavanaugh, accused by Democrats of being a tool for big corporations and a foe of the little guy, wasted little time in trying to humanize himself Wednesday.

As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen.


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