Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Day 2

Legal experts said most of these non-responses were standard.

Kavanaugh said Wednesday that when the allegations against former federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski became public, they were a "gut punch" for him and for the federal judiciary. Kavanaugh argued that the detained 17-year-old needed to be transferred to an "immigration sponsor" before being immediately allowed an abortion. Although he told Sen.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served for the past 12 years on the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, which is considered the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh dodged Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's question about whether a sitting president can "be required to respond to a subpoena", a query that could come into play as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

In his opening remarks released ahead of delivery, Kavanaugh sought to tamp down the controversy over his nomination, which would likely shift the closely divided court to the right.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

"Women are ringing the alarm", the group said in a statement handed out to reporters.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace Kennedy, who as a frequent swing vote on the bench often sided with liberal justices on issues like affirmative action, LGBT rights and abortion. [He] will end abortion care as we know it in America.

But Booker says he can't share the email with the nominee because it is among those that have been labelled "committee confidential" - available to senators, but not the public. "In the first 40 minutes, there were 44 total interruptions", Liberty Counsel reported.

Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., the judiciary panel's top Democrat, echoed the sentiment of the protesters.

Miranda, a lawyer who lives in Maryland, said that he had never realized until this week that Leahy and other Democrats had raised questions at prior confirmation hearings about whether he had given information to Kavanaugh based on the documents. "I'm going to be asking you if Roe v. Wade is correctly decided", he said to Kavanaugh.

"You're saying the numbers determine common use?"

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, speaks with Sen.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked whether a president could be criminally investigated or indicted. "That's a radical and extreme proposition".

Kavanaugh stood by his 2006 testimony when nominated for the appellate court when he said he was not involved in some Bush-era policies, particularly a bill-signing statement on the treatment of terror suspects that would have passed his desk as staff secretary. Some Democrats, including Sen. "Under our system of government, the executive branch is subject to the law, subject to the court system". The White House has said Kavanaugh "led the effort to rein in unaccountable independent agencies" and his rulings against environmental and consumer protection regulations. "A good judge must be an umpire", he said.

"I've tried to be a very collegial judge". "I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge". And, in what could be construed as an implicit reference to the President, he insisted no one was above the law and that his ultimate loyalty was to the Constitution.

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. The hearing is expected to continue for the remainder of the week.

  • Carolyn Briggs