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Kavanaugh hearing ends with Democrats saying abortion rights, executive power at stake

14 September 2018, 04:53 | Glen Norman

Kavanaugh hearing ends with Democrats saying abortion rights, executive power at stake

Kavanaugh embraces his daughter Liza as he takes a break from his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett on Tuesday said he's opposing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying Kavanaugh would threaten women's rights and cut back "essential" environmental regulations.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh. Democrats objected to the White House withholding more than 100,000 documents about Kavanaugh, and Republicans accused Democrats of trying to drag out the process to score political points with liberal groups.

"In those hearings, Kavanaugh denied any knowledge or use of Senate Judiciary Committee emails in his role as a White House staff specialist on judicial nominations". And he cleared up any remaining doubt on the second day of his confirmation hearing - despite the fact that nearly no one noticed. Kavanaugh wrote that "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent", which is precisely what pro-abortion rights advocates fear most - and that Kavanaugh would be part of a conservative majority on the Supreme Court to do just that.

On divisive issues that could reach the court, such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker focused on an email he said described Kavanaugh's views as a Bush White House aide on the use of "racial profiling" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda Islamist militant group.

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Federal judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Justices, can be impeached and removed from the judiciary for committing perjury. The full Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh the following week, so he can be seated on the high court when it begins its new term October 1.

Among the speakers at the press conference was Marcus Sibley, communications director for the state conference of the NAACP, who called Kavanaugh a "danagerous ideologe", Sibley said the NAACP had opposed Kavanaugh when he was fisrt appointed as a federal judge. He added that "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".

Kavanaugh repeatedly has invoked the "Ginsburg rule", appealing to the desire to maintain the court's independence by declining to give any indication of how a nominee might rule on cases that could come before the court.

Klobuchar also pressed Kavanaugh on his view of executive power and whether the president is above the law.

"When a court order requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something under the Constitution or laws of the United States, under our constitutional system, that is the final word", Kavanaugh said.

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"The way we stand up is by deciding cases and controversies independently without fear or favor", Kavanaugh said.

The hearing opened with Democrats complaining that various documents had not already been made public by the committee's Republican leaders. Today's times are different, they are undoubtedly decisive, and the gap of division competes in size with the Grand Canyon.

Booker acted as if he released the documents without approval, however Republicans say the documents were cleared for release prior to the Senator posting the content on his Twitter.

Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined with Rep. John Cornyn of Texas, bemoaned the "mob rule" at the hearings.

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