Kavanaugh hearing: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces second day of questioning

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The first day of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings was repeatedly disrupted by protesters, and day two got off to a similar start.

Graham offered a general example on the issue of abortion for Kavanaugh to respond to: "Some state somewhere or some town somewhere passes a law that runs into the face of Roe".

Asked by the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley, whether he would have any trouble ruling against Trump or the executive branch, Kavanaugh replied, "No one is above the law in our constitutional system". "It seems very clear to me that it is inappropriate for the president to be able to select a judge who may decide his fate and there is case law that supports this view", he wrote in an e-mail to TIME.

On one level, their desperation was understandable: A conservative majority could curtail Democrats ability to use an activist court to put through policies they cant win democratically.

If you want a Supreme Court that will uphold your rights at work, at home, and in making your most personal decisions, contact your USA senators and let them know that they should only confirm a Supreme Court justice who believes in these protections for all people. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., if he had ever "come across memos from internal files of any Democratic members given to you or provided to you in any way" to which Kavanaugh responded that he had not.

Klobuchar noted that Kavanaugh's explanation in his dissent that the court could distinguish between a "major" and "minor" question with respect to deferring to an expert agency when there was ambiguity in the law would be a "you-know-it-when-you-see-it" standard was the reason that the other judges didn't agree with Kavanaugh.

He also avoided clearly answering a question about whether a president could pardon himself or someone else in exchange for a promise not to testify against him.

Sean, I think that's exactly right; I think yesterday and today were both really good days for the country; they were good days for Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh said he was unable provide give a response. Richard Blumenthal of CT to pledge to step aside from any Supreme Court cases dealing with Trump and Mueller's investigation.

Feinstein, one of the most vehement supporters of gun restrictions, is also likely to press him on what she described as "out of the mainstream" views on gun rights.

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy".

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) brought the hearing to order, he was interrupted by multiple protests.

News photographers clicked pictures of Kavanaugh as he entered the hearing room. Some 42,000 pages were released to senators only, not the public, on the evening before the hearing.

A wild circus act that included liberal activists and their ilk rudely interrupting Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanuagh's confirmation proceedings with wild outbursts, screaming and other unruly behavior, resulting in constant delays and at least 70 arrests.

Democrats have accused Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat when they refused to consider Merrick Garland, Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to the high court, in 2016.

Majority Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic votes, though they'll have little margin for error. There were no signs of Republican defections.

"This is all about precedent for me", Kavanaugh said.

Feinstein asked Kavanaugh about his 2009 article that concluded sitting presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations. The court begins its next term in October.

He worked under special counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary.