Booker releases Kavanaugh emails on racial profiling

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prepares to testify during the third day of his confirmation September 6, 2018.

Booker said in the hearing that his attempts to question Kavanaugh on race were being thwarted by Republicans.

"I thought we were doing pretty well yesterday", he said, "but things went off the rails, it looks like, last night". The Senate has censured only nine members.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, for instance, said during the chaotic opening hour Thursday that she, too, planned to release a document related to Kavanaugh's record that so far has been withheld. Instead, he said he opposes unlawful regulation. "My personal beliefs are not relevant".

What has become clear is that Senate Democrats are willing to do anything short of walking out of the hearing to try to stop Kavanaugh's nomination from going forward. Behind the scenes for weeks, they and their aides argued that Republicans were trying to rush through Kavanaugh's nomination and hide something from his past that could jeopardize his chances. Mueller has not subpoenaed Trump, but it remains an option in his ongoing criminal investigation of Russian meddling in the election two years ago.

Senate Democrat Dick Durbin pressed Kavanaugh over his dissenting opinion in a 2017 case involving a pregnant undocumented immigrant.

Kavanaugh's 2003 comments came as he was reviewing an op-ed article in support of two judicial nominees while he was working at the George W. Bush White House, according to the document.

News photographers clicked pictures of Kavanaugh as he entered the hearing room. He describes it as a precedent, one reaffirmed in large part by Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1991.

Here's what you need to know. "Precedent is the foundation of our system".

Defying rules of the Senate and in protest of the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, New Jersey Democrat, Sen.

"Senator, I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions of that sort", the judge responded.

After more questions from senators on Thursday, the hearing is set to wrap up on Friday with testimony from outside witnesses.

Trump has often criticised the federal judiciary, and some liberals fear Kavanaugh could serve as a rubber stamp for the president. The words "Committee Confidential" are stamped diagonally across each page. "I am a pro-law judge", he declared. But Trump's fellow Republicans maintain a narrow Senate majority and there are no signs of defections in their ranks, indicating Kavanaugh likely will be confirmed. Republicans are expected to try to paint the nominee as an independent thinker and a principled jurist.

Warren tweeted on how the courts can fight the gun lobby - and included a video of Guttenberg addressing the issue - adding, "Brett Kavanaugh, who wants to sit on the highest court in the land, refused to even shake (Guttenberg's) hand".

"The people who favor some use of race/natl origin (sic) obviously do not need to grapple with the "interim" question", Kavanaugh writes, referring to terrorism interdiction methods taking place in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. 'I hope that they will bring charges against us, ' he said. "I'm here to defend circuses", adding parents can take their children to the big top but should not let them watch confirmation hearings. "Norms are important. Historical practice is relevant to judicial decision-making", he said.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. He sided with the four liberals on such major rulings as upholding abortion and gay rights, and affirmative action to increase university admissions for racial minorities.

  • Carolyn Briggs