Some Experts Tout, Others Trash Kavanaugh To Close Hearing
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 09, 2018,
Sep 09, 2018, 9:31
Cory Booker, D-NJ, asked Kavanaugh to announce that he will recuse himself from matters before the Supreme Court involving the Mueller investigation.
"This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire. The response implied -but did not assert- that sexual orientation would not be a factor for him.
"Now we shift to the law", Booker proposed, "do they have a legal right to fire somebody just because they're gay?"
"Careful consideration of potential justices for our nation's highest court is understandable and even commendable", said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).
Campaigning in Montana Thursday night, Trump said Kavanaugh deserves bipartisan support and criticized the "anger and the meanness on the other side- it's sick". But he said the showy, disruptive display at the Kavanaugh hearing "reinforces their concerns of people not focusing on the challenges the country faces".
And nothing in this week's often partisan-squabbling, protest-interrupted spectacle has changed the likely outcome: a party-line vote in favor of Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court.
When I started at Yale Law School in 2011, it had never had a Latino tenure-track faculty member in its almost 200-year history. There is no constitutional rule that declares a senator must vote for every qualified Supreme Court nominee.
"His answers to this committee have not resolved the issue", Dean said.
"Democrats should fight like hell", he said, "even if it's not going to sway Susan Collins". "Of course, at that time, as you are well aware, there has been a.sea change in attitudes in the United States of America...."
He said that Booker - from his time in local New Jersey politics to his time as mayor of Newark - has always been a "showboat" who liked the spotlight. But Kavanaugh dodged each inquiry, saying only that there had been "debate" about the issue in the White House but that he could not "recall" what his opinion had been. "The law of the land protects that right, as dictated by the Supreme Court".
Kavanaugh maintained that he views Roe v. Wade, which legalized a woman's right to obtain an abortion, as an "important precedent" during his recent Senate hearing, including when he was asked directly about the 2003 email.
Sen. Patrick Leahy and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Leahy ended his 20 minutes of questioning by asking Kavanaugh about whether the second amendment leaves room for firearms created by a 3-D printer to be regulated or banned. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at her office, before a private meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.
"He was nominated for the goal of taking away a woman's constitutionally protected right to make her own health care decisions", the tweet said.
Kavanaugh stepped up his refusal to answer.
Kavanaugh said that he is not "involved in the documents process" and does not "know what's in them".
In addition, that nominee suggested that the leading case on the president's responsibility to comply with a subpoena, USA v. Nixon, "maybe. was wrongly decided - heresy though it is to say so". "It's hurt the court and the American people".
"Judge Kavanaugh was plainly describing the parties" arguments in the case, not stating his own views", Lenker said. Fallon's organization, Demand Justice, is leading the opposition to Kavanaugh.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the third day of his Senate confirmation hearings dodged questions about whether he would recuse himself from cases related to the special counsel Robert Mueller or the Russian Federation investigation if they reach the Supreme Court.
On Friday, Collins said she believes based on Kavanaugh's statements and comments to her that he would respect the precedent set by Roe v. Wade and earlier Supreme Court cases that protected women's privacy.
Sen. Susan Collins, a pro-choice Republican from ME, said August 21 after meeting with Kavanaugh that he told her he believes Roe is "settled law". But that didn't stop them from putting up a rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings that marked a new stage in the party's resistance to President Donald Trump.