Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

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Leahy said that emails disclosed during Kavanaugh's nomination hearing this week buttress his case that Kavanaugh knew, or should have known, that he had received documents that Republican staffers took from a computer jointly shared with Democrats.

The embarrassing plot twist for Booker was that he didn't actually release "confidential" documents, because the Department of Justice and President George W. Bush already waived the confidentiality restriction hours earlier.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh this week, though it is rumored that Democrats may try to delay that vote. And he cleared up any remaining doubt on the second day of his confirmation hearing - despite the fact that nearly no one noticed.

The contrasting styles of California's two Democratic senators were on full display at Kavanaugh's four-day confirmation hearing that ended Friday, providing a window into each lawmaker's approach to the Trump era. But this is precisely what Judge Kavanaugh suggested in his testimony on Wednesday. "I'm an independent judge".

The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.

Democrats said Kavanaugh should not confuse birth control with abortion. But under questioning by Durbin on the scope of presidential power, Kavanaugh underscored judicial authority.

Despite extensive grilling by Senate Democrats during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week, Vice President Mike Pence says he is confident Kavanaugh has the votes to be confirmed and take a seat on the high court.

Lachance said Kavanaugh's record on environmental protections is worrisome.

The allegation is one of several from Democrats who say Kavanaugh has not been completely forthcoming during his confirmation hearings, both for the federal bench years ago and during this week's Supreme Court hearings. It also won't change the fact that he will soon be confirmed as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court.

On a topic of particular interest to Democrats concerned about how Kavanaugh might handle any matters related to President Trump, Kavanaugh said Thursday that he has not discussed or given any hints about his views of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He also repeated his refusal to comment on whether he would recuse himself if a case involving the Mueller investigation or other issues relating to Trump's conduct came before him.

Graham pressed the issue, and Kavanaugh responded that the Supreme Court applied the liberty clause in its decisions regarding abortion: "The Supreme Court has found it under the liberty clause but you're right". A slightly smaller percentage of Democrats (59%) approve of how their party handled the Kavanaugh's hearings.

The hearing ended on Friday after the committee heard from outside witnesses testifying for and against the nomination, with anti-Kavanaugh protesters again interrupting the proceedings.

During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh was seen as evasive on the question of whether he would support a reversal of Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling protecting abortion rights.

The judge then stated that he believed that Roe is "important precedent" which has repeatedly been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court.

Tuesday's hearing was so chaotic at times that Sen. They were released by the committee minutes later.

Booker pushed back on whether the documents should be considered confidential, arguing it was improper for a private lawyer and former colleague of Kavanaugh, Bill Burck, to be vetting the documents and designating some as private.

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.