Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, sidesteps subpoena question

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The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh turned into a fight over Senate rules Thursday morning, with arguments about the release of confidential documents and threats of the possible expulsion of some members.

But Booker was undeterred, and said he would release the email to "expose" that documents being withheld by Senate Republicans "have nothing to do with national security". Kavanaugh reiterated his previous testimony that "Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court".

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh answered questions about his views on executive power, abortion, and gun laws, but mostly declined to comment on issues that could be part of a future case before the Supreme Court.

Booker aligned with other Senate Democrats last month in demanding a release of 141,000 documents that had been marked committee confidential, his office said in a statement. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL says his questions to Kavanaugh on the topic stem from the judge's embrace of robust presidential power and the fact that he has been nominated by Trump.

"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.

"No matter their stage personas, it's clear that Senators Booker and Harris are not actually interested in hearing from the nominee, but rather want to continue giving their 2020 presidential stump speeches", said conservative group Judicial Crisis Network's Chief Counsel Carrie Severino. The Booker released emails were included in that document dump.

Trump told reporters at the White House he was pleased with the hearing and said "the other side is grasping at straws". Leahy can not present the evidence to Kavanaugh at the hearing b/c they have been designated "Committee Confidential."Call yr Sen".

Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also tweeted in support of Booker, saying: "Yesterday, I referred to a "Committee confidential" document where Judge Kavanaugh questioned the validity of programs that benefit Native Hawaiian programs, and by extension, Alaska Natives".

"I understand the importance that people attach to the Roe v. Wade decision, to the Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision", Kavanaugh told Sen. One swing-vote senator is likely to support Kavanaugh, something that would nearly certainly ensure his confirmation, a source with direct knowledge told CNN.

Democrats tried to get Kavanaugh's to say how he might rule if matters relating to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation implicate the president.

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Leahy continued his line of questioning, referring to an email between Miranda and Kavanaugh from 2003 in which Miranda forwarded a draft letter from Leahy and other judiciary Democrats to then Majority Leader Sen.

In a second day of Senate hearings, Brett Kavanaugh said no-one was above the law but he would not be drawn on what he called a hypothetical question.

Kavanaugh also doesn't seem to have changed many minds on the GOP-run Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

Protesters repeatedly interrupted the hearing by shouting messages opposing Kavanaugh.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, one of two key votes who will determine whether Kavanaugh gets through the Senate, said after the two met privately he told her he believes Roe is 'settled law'.

The email in question was first discussed Wednesday night during Booker's questioning of Kavanaugh.

"Have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation?"

Many reports claimed that Judge Kavanaugh thought the president was above the law.

"There was (is) a consent agreement to keep the hearing going, so no", said David Popp, a spokesman for McConnell, asked if they were trying to avoid the so-called two-hour rule.