Kavanaugh hearing: the debate gets heated

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Cory Booker saying he will face possible expulsion by releasing a document deemed confidential.

Calling it an act of "civil disobedience", Booker claimed reading the email to the committee "is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment".

Sen. Booker tried to give Kavanaugh the space to answer the question, which the judge clearly had not done with his seemingly-rehearsed first response.

"She should say that she has a commitment to follow Supreme Court precedent, that she understands and appreciates the role of a circuit judge, that she will adhere to statutory text, that she has no ideological agenda".

'I knowingly violated the rules that were put forth.

"I do not accept the process of this committee confidential routine we went through".

"I can not teach on that", the DE senator stated.

Kavanaugh's replies about his views on presidential immunity - potentially significant in the Trump era - were misleading, Democrats said.

Rather, he hemmed and hawed and, when the going got really tough, simply rebuffed any and all attempts to discern where he stands on abortion and other critical issues of our time. I do not accept its legitimacy. Booker "released" had already been declassified, and that in any event, nothing was of a national security nature. Nothing to jeopardize the sanctity of those ideals that I hold dear.

"Senator, in my workplace, I hire people due to their talent and abilities", he told Sen.

"I always wait until after the hearings are complete before making a decision, and I'll do so in this case as well", she told The Associated Press in an interview. A lawyer for former president George W. Bush provided 415,000 pages of documents last week, but the Trump administration made a decision to withhold 100,000 pages from the Senate under executive privilege.

'This is no different from the senator deciding to release classified information that is deemed classified by the executive branch because you happen to disagree with the classification decision. Kavanaugh released a large number of pages to the committee, but he did so the night before the hearing began, giving the senators nowhere near enough time to review all the documents.

'That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator'. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said at one point during Thursday's hearing, after Sen.

Jackson Corbin, a 13-year-old afflicted with Noonan Syndrome, begged senators not to "destroy protections for pre-existing conditions" that would leave him and others like him "without care or without the ability to afford our care - all because of who we are". During his time questioning the nominee, Leahy asked Kavanaugh about whether receiving emails about Democratic strategies marked "highly confidential" or "take no action on this" raised any "red flags".

"I think you're thinking of someone but you don't want to tell us".

Kavanaugh has been strongly favored to win the 51 votes needed to be confirmed by the Senate.

"I ought to be cautious what I enlighten here, because I'm the vice chairman of the Ethics Committee, and in that characteristic I can not teach on anything else that would possibly or would possibly also no longer come earlier than the committee", Coons stated.

Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chris Coons recaps Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings and appears to be like ahead to the Senate vote on President Trump's purchase to interchange Justice Kennedy.

"That's not fair to us and, frankly Judge it's not fair to you", Leahy said.