Watergate-era figure John Dean on Friday challenged Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's veracity and his views on legal issues. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh - as smart as he may be - is a particularly run-of-the-mill Supreme Court nominee with an elite upbringing and fancy high school classmates that include potential future colleague Justice Neil Gorsuch. It is to say the public would "reasonably" question whether Kavanaugh was tapped for that reason.
Kavanaugh referred to some birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs" during his testimony on Thursday, sparking controversy among abortion-rights activists. A tweet from NARAL called Kavanaugh's comment "not only an anti-science lie, it's an anti-choice extremest phrase".
Law360, Washington (September 7, 2018, 7:09 PM EDT) - D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh moved closer Friday to being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court after legal experts argued for and against the longtime jurist at the close of an at-times rowdy weeklong hearing. He accused both men of lying during their confirmation hearings. Harris generated national buzz as a provocateur and effective stalwart against the Trump administration ahead of her likely 2020 presidential candidacy.
Who was following whose lead is open to debate.
After a bit more back and forth, she repeated the question. But interpreting their statements requires understanding the archaic context in which they're made. Judge Kavanaugh's testimony before the Judiciary Committee this week only compounded the inconsistencies, fueling our concern that he has committed an extraordinary breach of public trust, then and now. Harris is new to Washington and eager to make a national name for herself.
As he did in the hearings, a Justice Kavanaugh would likely try to balance his own independence with regard for the President who appointed him. Watch live in the player above beginning at 9:30 a.m. She was one of 73 arrested that day. "But he said essentially the opposite in a 2003 email leaked to The Times".
Campaigning in Montana Thursday night, Trump said Kavanaugh deserves bipartisan support and criticized the "anger and the meanness on the other side- it's sick". The query appeared to unnerve Kavanaugh.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey posed the question on Thursday, asking Kavanaugh to dispel suspicions that President Donald Trump could have had the Russian Federation probe in mind when he nominated Kavanaugh to the nation's high court.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, center, and Sen.
The exchange was one of the newsiest moments of the first day of questioning and had many wondering where Harris was headed. Kavanaugh, like previous nominees, declined to answer hypothetical questions that might come before him as a justice. Those witnesses said Rehnquist never harassed voters. Republicans hope to confirm the judge, who would nudge the high court further to the right, in time for the first day of court's new term, October 1. But that's not what people watching the hearing saw. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the committee's top Democrat.
"I've learned not to expect a 'thank you, '" Collins said. "We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office", Kavanaugh wrote. It's not to create a disruption.
Still, Kavanaugh's comments about US v. Nixon - and his effort at the hearing to portray himself as the ruling's biggest fan - opened the door to questions on the topic, and Kavanaugh could have been more specific. "Basically, she's still vetting the new information that's coming out", said her spokeswoman, Hannah Ray. Feinstein went further the next day, rebuking Republicans for restricting the use of so numerous documents, calling it "kind of a crock".
"I've heard it said that I'm a skeptic of regulation", he said. By contrast, recusing himself - and doing it now - would underscore that Kavanaugh will not risk being, or being seen as, the lackey of the president who appointed him.
Kavanaugh said that things related to Bush's remarks on the issue "would have crossed my desk...." "I don't live in a bubble". As Kavanaugh suggested, those were more traditional, more automatic cases of recusal; still, they underscore the importance of obtaining pre-confirmation assurances. She said, "It's clear that Republicans want to speed this nomination through before we know who Brett Kavanaugh is".
He elaborated on his prepared testimony to the committee, in which he said: "There is much to fear from an unchecked president who is inclined to abuse his powers".
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