Democrats threaten to leak documents on Kavanaugh's hidden views

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But their long-shot chances of defeating him appeared to be fading. The chain is one of numerous hundreds of thousands of documents from Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary that were categorized as "committee confidential" by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), meaning committee members may review them but they are not to be released to the public. Feinstein repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh on whether the high court's precedent meant that Roe could not be overturned. The document is partially redacted.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he believes that Kavanaugh was talking about himself when he referred to legal scholars. Kavanaugh, who considered the judge a friend and mentor, said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed previous year.

Kavanaugh was also non-committal when asked about a President's pardon power and also asked about hot-button issues like abortion and gun control. But perhaps the biggest challenge to his bid for confirmation as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court may lie in his views on the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationally.

A protester is arrested as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 6, 2018.

After more questions from senators on Thursday, the hearing is set to wrap up on Friday with testimony from outside witnesses. Kyl is a Republican who represented Arizona in the Senate for 18 years.

Much of the debate has focused more on the disclosure of documents than on Kavanaugh's record.

In Kavanaugh's 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for federal court posts, he told senators he did not know about the infiltration of Senate Democrats' files regarding judicial nomination fights, and that he had not suspected that any information he had seen was stolen.

Booker says he intends to release the email knowing the consequences to him could be severe - ouster from the Senate. Democrats have stated that they didn't have time to go over the documents and that there is a conflict in interest by Burke. But Booker released the messages anyway, arguing they're not "national security-related".

Cornyn said Booker's possible 2020 presidential aspirations were his motivation for releasing the document, adding that no senator deserved to sit on the committee if they wanted to be a law unto themselves. Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who released more documents Thursday, stood by his handling of the situation.

"My process was fair, " Grassley said as he opened the session.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is shown during his opening statement at Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard Blumenthal of CT, "selecting a justice on the Supreme Court who potentially will cast a decisive vote in his own case". He could be on a Supreme Court that decides whether the president can be subpoenaed in the special counsel's investigation into Russian election interference.

President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance. As Kavanaugh hesitated, saying he didn't remember, Harris said, "Are you saying with all that you remember- you have an impeccable memory, you've been speaking for nearly 8 hours, I think more, to this committee about all sorts of things you remember- how can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm?"

Asked the question again Thursday by Republican Sen. "I'm knowingly violating the rules", he said. "There's no hecklers' veto", he said, in the Senate, which has been forced to cut short its business this week amid Democratic objections over the panel's process.