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Judge Kavanaugh Says His Loyalty Is to the Constitution, Not Trump
06 September 2018, 08:25 | Justin Tyler
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Outbursts from protesters could be heard as Wednesday's opening statements got underway.
The huge stakes and fierce passions aroused by the lifetime appointment were on display this week as shouts of protests and Democratic demands for a postponement greeted the start of his Senate confirmation hearing.
In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh mentioned a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal and a 1954 Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation in public schools.
Kavanaugh said that he had not been been aware of the program until it was reported by the New York Times and said that he could not recall if he had ever raised questions about the constitutionality of such a program. "That is the coin of the realm", Kavanaugh said, "that's a very common kind of discussion".
After expressing her doubts on Brett Kavanaugh's ability to protect the privacy rights of all Americans, Sen.
At issue, is Kavanaugh's position on how much power a president should have and the possibly about how he might rule when matters arise related to Muller's Russian Federation investigation.
"But here's the thing, you had the full text of my letter in your inbox before anything had been said about it publicly".
A Yale University graduate, in the 1990s he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.
Kavanaugh told Klobuchar that was merely a proposal to be considered and not a declaration of his stance on executive privilege.
Sitting in the hearing, Kavanaugh blanched at that description of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 supreme court decision that effectively legalized abortion in the US. "If a constitutional question came to me, I would have an open mind and decide that".
Klobuchar also repeated her objections to hundreds of thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh that remain secret, including 100,000 documents the White House has declared off limits from the five years that Kavanaugh worked for President George W. Bush. Democratic senators have fought for access to documents from his three years as staff secretary, saying those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.
Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, had tried to block the formal proceedings Tuesday in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House.
"We are holding back not only - not only holding back documents, labeling committee confidential, but not even giving us the time to review those documents", he continued.
Klobuchar: So you're not going to say whether or not you have a problem with it?
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.
Lawyers who had argued cases in front of Kavanaugh recalled him as an active questioner from the bench, and a very well prepared jurist who would fit in on a Supreme Court whose justices are largely not shy in oral arguments with advocates.
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