Ducking queries on Trump, Supreme Court nominee resumes U.S. Senate test

The Supreme Court has never answered that question, and it is among the most important at Kavanaugh's hearing since Trump could face a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL said there is a "35-month black hole" in Kavanuagh's career from which senators have been denied any and all documents.

Kavanaugh looked perplexed, and she continued: "Be sure about your answer, sir".

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. He said he "saw some incredible answers to very complex questions".

"As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", replied Kavanaugh.

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

Trump's SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanuagh's session was no different.

The strategy was front-and-center as Kavanaugh's hearing got underway Tuesday, with Democrats immediately calling on the committee to adjourn.

Marc Kasowitz, a partner at the firm, is one of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers.

Flake said he was concerned about the executive branch and asked whether a president should be able to use his authority to carry out directives for political gain.

However, the first of at least four days of hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee began with partisan quarreling over the nomination and persistent protests from members of the audience, followed by their arrests.

U.S. Capitol Police quickly and sometimes roughly moved the protesters out of the room before many of them could be clearly heard. "It's an important part of the constitutional structure", Kavanaugh said.

Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif. questions President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the evening of the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Wednesday Sept. 5 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

Sadly for our democracy, it wasn't just uncivilized spectators disrupting the constitutionally enshrined proceedings - see Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, which empowers the president to nominate and with the Senate's consent appoint public officials. She said Kavanaugh has concluded that banning assault weapons is unconstitutional because they haven't historically been banned, accusing his reasoning of being "far outside the mainstream of political thoughts". Democrats asserted that the lack of time to review those documents made the notion of properly vetting them "laughable".

In a tense exchange before the close of the day's hearing, California Sen.

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June. He defended his dissenting opinion previous year in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody.

Republicans have said Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, which include documents pertaining to his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Tillis said, "We have had almost every member in the minority on this committee either publicly state or participate in a press conference that they were going to vote against Judge Kavanaugh, with majority announcing it within the first 24 hours".

"I don't live in a bubble, I live in the real world", said the judge, who sits on the US Court of Appeals in Washington.

Kavanaugh told Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, he had been unaware of the domestic violence allegations against Rob Porter, who was Trump's staff secretary, until they were publicly disclosed.

Kavanaugh's 2003 comments came while reviewing an op-ed in support of two judicial nominees at the George W. Bush White House.

Kavanaugh repeatedly stated he had not been aware that any documents or information he had received from Miranda had been stolen and that the information shared with him had never seemed out of the ordinary for what was discussed among White House counsel staff. It cited the so-called the US Supreme Court's Chevron doctrine, which gives expert federal agencies the discretion to interpret ambiguous statutes.

Late Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., drew a rare partnership with Sen.

Republicans hope Kavanaugh will be confirmed by the Senate before the start of the next Supreme Court term on Oct 1.

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