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Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J. left next to Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif. questions President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Sept. 5 2018

Of course, "all legal scholars" don't agree on anything at all, which is why phrases like that are known as "weasel words", since they allow the writer to weasel out of meaning anything. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy". Judging by the the number of Kavanaugh's exposed lies in the handful of documents that have been released, he has a great deal to hide.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who voiced support for Booker's actions, has asked why Kavanaugh is receiving special treatment in his hearing process.

Kavanaugh answered that he would rather not discuss the issue because it was now being litigated.

"Although [Kavanaugh] claims to follow precedent, his actual decisions reveal a deep skepticism of the principles and values that animate these precedents", Murray's testimony noted.

"My process was fair", Grassley said as he opened the session. But with just 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, Pence could be called upon in his constitutional capacity as president of the Senate to cast the deciding vote if one GOP member votes against Kavanaugh's nomination.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has maintained his composure under a particularly grueling level of interrogation rarely seen outside a courtroom.

Women's March grew from a January 2017 demonstration that drew more than 500,000 people to Washington to oppose the Donald Trump's inauguration to the US presidency.

At least 227 demonstrators were arrested between the start of the nomination hearings on Tuesday and the end of testimony on Friday, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.

Leahy asked committee chairman Sen.

Unfazed, Booker responded, "Apply the rule and bring the charges".

And nothing in this week's often partisan-squabbling, protest-interrupted spectacle has changed the likely outcome: a party-line vote in favor of Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court.

Leaders from the Women's March were among a broad coalition of organizations, including abortion rights groups, labor unions and advocates for gun control, behind this week's activism.

Booker is the first of the Democrats' better-known potential 2020 presidential candidates to make plans to visit the leadoff caucus state this year. "This is admittedly not my ideal of how a unitary executive should work, but it is the real world, and there is a very strong tradition in the Executive Branch-and in the Congress and media-that the SG is independent and should come to his or her own independent conclusions about the constitutionality of laws". Still, he began his long day in the witness chair by declaring that "no one is above the law".

Kavanaugh, a Trump pick, has incited opposition from the NAACP, Black politicians and communities by way of his association with the president, conservative views and troublesome record with civil rights. Yet Kavanaugh should have done more to reassure senators that, under current circumstances, he does not believe an errant president is due extraordinary deference. Kavanaugh would have denied her immediate access to an abortion, even after she received permission from a Texas judge. But he clearly questioned it when he was working in the Bush administration. 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.

Garza represented Jane Doe, an undocumented teenager who the federal government tried to block from obtaining an abortion.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

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