Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

Sen. Cory Booker D-N.J. left next to Sen. Kamala Harris D-Calif. questions President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Sept. 5 2018

As a whole, the documents at the center of the dispute, which started before the hearing even began, are not classified but are marked with the "committee confidential" designation, meaning committee members have access to them but that they aren't available to the public.

"Regrettably, the majority's accession to the administration's refusal to disclose Judge Kavanaugh's full record - including almost 90 percent of the documents from his time in the Bush White House -represents a further abdication of the Senate's constitutional responsibility to advise and consent", Bennett said.

Democrats, however, will likely delay the vote until next week, which they are allowed to do under committee rules.

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.

Vice-President Mike Pence acknowledged on Sunday that he may be required to cast a tie-breaking vote to secure the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a supreme court justice, in what would be a first in U.S. history.

However, the senator was still unable to land a punch as Kavanaugh continued to claim that nothing in the emails indicated to him that they were obtained in an untoward manner.

Asked by Democratic Senator Cory Booker whether he was picked because of an expectation of loyalty to Trump, Kavanaugh responded: "My only loyalty is to the Constitution". "I've never given anyone any hints, forecasts, previews, winks, nothing about my view as a judge or how I would rule as a judge or anything related to that".

"My independence, I believe, has been demonstrated by my 12-year record", Kavanaugh said. "It's been reaffirmed many times", Kavanaugh said Thursday, as quoted by the Press-Herald.

Miranda, now a private attorney in Maryland, said he worked "closely" with Kavanaugh on the nominations and may have shared information that he learned from the Democratic files.

Leahy cited the "spying" email during the hearing, asking Kavanaugh, "None of this raised a red flag with you?"

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) questioned Kavanaugh Sept. 6 "is there anything in the Constitution about a right to abortion?"

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for Thursday on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

Lachance said Kavanaugh's record on environmental protections is worrisome.

It is very hard for Republicans and conservatives, we have a great judge right now being looked at to go up and be the next Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It also won't change the fact that he will soon be confirmed as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh could become the deciding vote on whether Trump can be indicted or forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Republican leaders are trying to confirm Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court's next session begins October 1. But during a follow-up on the second day of the hearing, Kavanaugh directly answered no, extinguishing any sizzle she generated in her first questions.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

On divisive issues that could reach the court such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent.

Tuesday's hearing was so chaotic at times that Sen.

He said releasing them would be worth it - even if it meant getting expelled from the Senate for violating the rules.

Booker called the process used by the committee to decide which documents to make public "a bit of sham", a characterization rejected by the panel's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley.

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