Evening round-up: Final day of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing

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If you want proof that our system is broken, you need only look at today's hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, where children who aren't old enough to vote testified against the nominee.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a key vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, seemed unfazed Thursday after a "bombshell" email was leaked regarding Kavanaugh's view on the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Despite the hysterics this week, it's hard to see how Kavanaugh won't soon be sitting in the seat left vacant by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - a Reagan appointee Kavanaugh once clerked for and still considers a "mentor, a friend and a hero". He received on the last two days often tough questioning from Democrats in particular.

A newly disclosed email suggested Kavanaugh once indicated the abortion case was not settled law, though Kavanaugh denied in the hearing that he had been expressing his personal views.

Some democrats believe Kavanaugh will help overturn Roe v. Wade, which gives women the right to have an abortion.

Either way, it's troubling, to put it mildly, to know that apparently Kavanaugh isn't (or, wasn't) even remotely interested in fixing racism, according to one of the emails Booker released against the wishes of his Republican counterparts who threatened to have him ousted from the Senate.

"The way they're screaming and shouting, it's a disgrace to our country actually", Trump said Friday during a fundraiser in Fargo, North Dakota, for the GOP opponent to Democratic Sen.

"Careful consideration of potential justices for our nation's highest court is understandable and even commendable", said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

He also stands accused of lying in 2004 when he was testifying before a Senate body during a confirmation hearing for his current position. "What I found that was striking is that in the 12 years you've been on the D.C. Circuit, of all the matters that you and Chief Judge Garland have voted on together, that you voted together 93 percent of the time", Sen.

"Under Judge Kavanaugh's recommendation, if a president shot someone in cold blood on Fifth Avenue that president could not be prosecuted while in office", Dean told senators, a reference to Trump's campaign line that he could act that way and not lose support. The ERLC sponsored the document. She said she was surprised when many groups reacted reflexively against Kavanaugh's nomination, without due consideration.

Adam White, who grew in Dubuque, spoke in favor of nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's record as an appellate judge has received favorable reviews from almost all pro-life and religious freedom advocates.

The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday, when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, Kavanaugh said he considers Roe "settled law".

In his opening statement September 4, the nominee said, "My judicial philosophy is straightforward". A judge must interpret statutes as written.

Former US Solicitor General during the George W. Bush administration Paul Clement testified to Kavanaugh as an active questioner on an already hot bench, stating he would "fit right in" in that regard.

Testimony on Thursday is expected from a committee of the American Bar Association that rates federal judicial nominees.

The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House.

"It's bad enough that Supreme Court nominations have turned into all out war against the nominee".

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