Senate Judiciary Committee schedules vote on Kavanaugh nomination


At the end of the day, you didn't know a lot more afterwards than you did going into the hearing. The full Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh the following week, so he can be seated on the high court when it begins its new term October 1.

William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy may be Kavanaugh's judicial heroes, but the nominee invoked Justice Elena Kagan, a nominee of President Barack Obama, more than any of them at the hearing. Others arrived on Capitol Hill dressed as characters from The Handmaid's Tale, the story of a dystopian future in which women are treated as property of the state. Seconds later, a second demonstrator was thrown out of the hearing room, followed by another, followed by another.

Kavanaugh said: "I'm happy to answer a more specific question".

In a 2003 email, Kavanaugh suggested striking a line from a draft opinion piece that had stated "it is widely accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are the settled law of the land", saying that the Supreme Court could overturn it.

On Friday, Democratic witnesses expressed concern about Kavanaugh's record on a range of issues including affirmative action, the rights of people with disabilities, access to birth control and abortion.

Later, Feinstein's office tweeted it was skeptical about Kavanaugh's response.

Critics say Collins' deliberations are a charade.

On divisive issues that could reach the court, such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent.

Coincidentally, Nixon's White House counsel John Dean testified Friday. The editorial board of National Review explains why allegations that Kavanaugh's testimony at earlier confirmation hearings was untruthful are "laughably frivolous".

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Moreland described Kavanaugh as a well -regarded judge and smart lawyer who performed well under the pressure of the senate hearings, which he describes as good civic lessons.

"Count me in", Durbin said. "I'm not a skeptic of regulation at all".

He said he regularly serves meals with Catholic Charities' St. Maria's Meals program in Washington and that talking to the people there helps him to understand the situation that they are in. But, it's also a basic tenet of a Supreme Court doctrine in administrative law known as Chevron deference.

The hearing pivoted during the day to Roe v. Wade, the high court's landmark abortion case. Not surprisingly, corporations tend not to be fans of it - arguing that it's led to regulatory overreach - and would like to see the Supreme Court narrow the scope of, or even do away with, the deference principle announced in the Chevron case. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey took turns aggressively questioning Kavanaugh in what many saw as a prelude to presidential primary campaigns.

Kavanaugh's critics hedge their claim over his 2004 and 2006 denials that he received information prepared by Democratic staffers on then-President George W. Bush's judicial nominees.

"Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?" she asked. Kavanaugh struggled to find a response.

"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. Democrats and Booker responded, "Bring it on".

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of the confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to", Cornyn added.