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Shout, arrest, repeat: Inside the Kavanaugh hearing protests

06 September 2018, 01:14 | Justin Tyler

Democrats Fail to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Despite Pandemonium, Protests

Democrats demand delay of Supreme Court justice hearing

Sparks still flew at the second day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Kavanaugh, 53, would replace retired swing-vote justice Anthony Kennedy, a move that could solidify a hard-right majority on the nine-member court and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation or more. In particular, before the Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings this week regarding Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, all documents related to his work on judicial nominations should be disclosed.

The controversy over the documents has been growing for weeks, as Republicans try to seat Kavanaugh in time for the Supreme Court term that begins in October, and Democrats seek to push the process beyond the midterm elections when they hope to regain majorities in Congress.

"We see on an all too common basis that racism still exists in the United States of America", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh also said in response to pointed questions by Democratic Sen.

"Senator, I said that it is settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court entitled to respect under principles of stare decisis", Kavanaugh explained.

Trump has often criticized the federal judiciary. Some liberals have expressed concern Kavanaugh could be a rubber stamp for Trump and protect him from lawsuits and investigations.

But demonstrations continued inside the US Senate building where Kavanaugh was being quizzed on Wednesday, with occasional outbursts from protesters, such as: "Sham president, sham justice!" and "No Trump puppet!" "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he said.

Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court said yesterday that "no one is above the law" but dodged questions about the limits of presidential power.

Republicans have said Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, which include documents pertaining to his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


He sidestepped Democratic Senator Christopher Coons' query on whether he still believed, as he wrote 20 years ago, that a president could fire a special prosecutor investigating him.

Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House.

Feinstein was Wednesday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".

In a tweet in June, President Trump said he had "the absolute right to PARDON myself". Eventually, Harris was allowed to resume her line of questioning, but she received no better answer. Leahy said in a statement Wednesday that Miranda and another staffer were behind what he called the hacking of 4,670 computer files and used them "to assist in getting President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees confirmed".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said a president isn't "above the law" during the second day of his Senate confirmation hearings.

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did not respond to a request for comment on Democrats taking this more aggressive approach.

Judge Kavanaugh spoke of the importance of predictability, of litigants having confidence that justices will adhere to precedent.

The White House cited "constitutional privilege". Kavanaugh, who Democrats have suggested could be a threat to reproductive rights, said his decision would be compelled by "precedent" - not personal views.

He highlighted the 1992 Planned Parenthood versus Casey ruling that reaffirmed Roe, calling it a "precedent on precedent". Garland is the chief judge of the appeals court on which Kavanaugh has served. The ruling was later overturned and she underwent the abortion.



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