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REUTERS/Alex WroblewskiSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. "During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material", she wrote.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in an email that Democrats were trying to smear Kavanaugh's reputation, later adding that outside experts had said the Democrats lacked proof of their allegations.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME on Friday said that she remains undecided on whether she will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In the coming weeks, as the final vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation draws near, the handful of Democrats on the fence who are in a potential political bind depending on how they vote will begin to maker their positions known.

Collins has highlighted Kavanaugh's view of Roe as "settled law" to defend her support of the Supreme Court nominee, despite saying before his nomination she would not vote for a nominee who is "hostile" toward Roe. King said Kavanaugh would be a "far right" judge replacing a more centrist justice, Anthony Kennedy.

However, on Thursday afternoon, Booker continued publicly releasing documents that he said had been marked "committee confidential", posting on Twitter, "We will continue to release more committee confidential documents to draw attention to this sham process". Booker earlier in the day as he appeared to flout Senate rules, the two shared laughs about book recommendations as the hearing concluded at the end of the evening.

Though Kavanaugh this week referred to the decision legalizing abortion nationally as established precedent, recently released emails show that as a White House lawyer in 2003 he advised against referring to the ruling as "settled law". Under questioning by Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, New York University School of Law professor Melissa Murray said that even if he does not back overturning Roe, if Kavanaugh joins fellow conservatives on the high court in upholding a succession of restrictive state laws it could mean "death by a thousand cuts" to a woman's right to an abortion. In 2005, when President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers, his former staff secretary and White House counsel (whose only apparent distinction was her blind loyalty as a partisan hack), howls of derision from both sides of the aisle ultimately forced the White House to withdraw the nomination.

Kavanaugh and members of the Judiciary Committee then headed into a private executive session.

The judge then stated that he believed that Roe is "important precedent" which has repeatedly been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. In what nearly seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh's two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached.

But Leahy said Kavanaugh was "not truthful." I care about the integrity of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh said he wasn't involved in the process during his 2004 confirmation hearing, but newly surfaced emails from that time suggest that he was.

"I've had no inappropriate discussions with anyone", Kavanaugh said. Also, Republicans declassified the documents several hours before Booker released them.

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