Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Sep 06, 2018,
Sep 06, 2018, 3:30
A lot is on the line for both sides.
The comments were in response to the first questions Kavanaugh received about the 1973 abortion case during his second day before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is holding a days-long hearing for his Supreme Court nomination.
Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room. Trump's Republican critics, like Sen.
Kavanaugh said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed previous year.
On Wednesday, Kavanaugh cautioned that the question could come in front of him in his current position as a D.C. appellate judge or if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
"It's resisting public pressure, political pressure, it's treating everyone equally", he added of judicial independence.
And while Republicans objected to the depiction of Kavanaugh as a partisan judge, his resumé points to a history of conservative political advocacy, including a stint in U.S. President George W. Bush's administration.
The following year, The Washington Post reported that Kavanaugh had participated in a discussion in the White House Counsel's Office about how Justice Anthony Kennedy - for whom he had clerked - would view the detainee policy.
Coming from a lawyer who was a key player investigating Bill Clinton, the about-face was perplexing.
Kavanaugh's record also shows that he would be a threat to voting rights, according to the NAACP. The White House has said Kavanaugh "led the effort to rein in unaccountable independent agencies" and his rulings against environmental and consumer protection regulations. It "reinforces judicial independence" and "assures that judges are not just following their personal beliefs". " ... So I proposed some ideas for Congress to consider".
Whether that's enough to assuage concerned Democrats and some Republicans is to be determined.
For his part, Kavanaugh tried in his opening statement to emphasize his non-partisanship.
Was the confirmation hearing orderly?
Kavanaugh declared he would be even-handed in his approach to the law.
In another consequential exchange, Kavanaugh would not say if a president was legally obligated to comply with a subpoena.
"It's not as if it's just a run-of-the-mill case that was decided and has never been reconsidered", he said of Roe v. Wade.
Kavanaugh isn't the first Supreme Court nominee to say they believe Roe v. Wade is settled law.
But Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order.
Grassley is planning to talk broadly about the role of a judge and Kavanaugh's qualifications during his opening remarks, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN.
'I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence'. I don't live in a bubble.
Numerous documents that have been shielded from disclosure come from Kavanaugh's three years as associate White House counsel.
He also declined to say if he thought presidents could pardon themselves.
Today marks the start of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing as he faces questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Likening a judge to an umpire could be a reference to Chief Justice John Roberts' confirmation hearing back in 2005, when he said his "job is to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat". Republicans in turn accused the Democrats of turning the hearing into a circus.
70 people-mostly women-were willing to stand up and be arrested for the opportunity to make their voices heard yesterday.
Kavanaugh topped a list of 25 potential nominees put together by the White House in conjunction with conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.
The judge already faced questions about impeachment from Sen. "Sparks will fly", said Sen.
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