Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Say Whether Trump Can Pardon Himself

Like Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said during her opening remarks Tuesday, I think the Kavanaugh battle is one worth fighting, regardless of the outcome.

Cruz said his Democratic colleagues were trying to relitigate the results of the 2016 election. Dianne Feinstein of California, the panel's senior Democrat.

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy". In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans' move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees.

But as CNN's Anderson Cooper pointed out, that's not what Trump said recently when speaking to Woodward about the book.

"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", Judge Kavanaugh told the 21 members of the committee.

Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings on Tuesday in a dispute over the records.

I am not saying this is the case.

Kavanaugh: "My understanding is that you're asking me to give my view on a potential hypothetical, and that is something that each of the eight justices now sitting on the Supreme Court, when they were sitting in my seat, declined to decide potential hypothetical cases". He promised to be a "team player" if confirmed, declaring that he would be a "pro-law judge" who would not decide cases based on his personal views.

Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout in the future.

"There will be sparks at this hearing". Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "And there will be a lot of heat".

More than 20 witnesses are being called for the coming days of hearings.

Kavanaugh avoided Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy's question about whether a president has the power to pardon himself, or someone else in exchange for promising not to testify against him.

Questioning of the nominee will begin on Wednesday, and votes in committee and on the Senate floor could occur later in September. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "But unbelievably, almost two dozen Democrats have still not come out against Kavanaugh, and just last week, you helped Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fast track 15 Trump judicial nominees".

As the hearing eventually got underway amid constant interruptions from protesters, Grassley sought to turn attention to Kavanaugh's qualifications, calling him "one of the most qualified nominees-if not the most qualified nominee-I have seen".

Harris said in her email that Kavanaugh puts "so many of our hard won civil rights - and the rule of law itself - on the line". Now, the nominee will face off with lawmakers about whether he's fit to fill the vacancy. He has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 12 years and has authored 307 opinions, concurrences and dissents.

The Supreme Court's decisions are all interconnected, and overturning Roe - as President Trump has guaranteed his nominee to the Supreme Court would do - would have a ripple effect on other essential rights that often impact our daily lives.

The paper trail from those jobs proved to be too voluminous for the Senate to pile through in the eight weeks since Kavanaugh's nomination.

On the eve of the hearing Monday night, the Senate was given an additional 42,000 pages of documents, prompting criticism from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

For instance, the Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Johnson v. U.S., a case about whether police can use a routine, minor traffic violation to justify the seizure of a auto and its passengers in the hopes of finding evidence of other crimes. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege. Grassley says reviewing Kavanaugh's staff secretary documents would "teach us nothing about his legal views".

  • Carolyn Briggs