Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

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"That's a hypothetical question".

"I don't want to go back" to those days, she says.

Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Brett Kavanaugh directly for his views on a woman's right to choose.

In another consequential exchange, Kavanaugh would not say if a president was legally obligated to comply with a subpoena. "There's no reason Brett Kavanaugh couldn't have given a straight answer", she tweeted.

Trump has denied any such collusion and has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt." They include a 1998 memo in which Kavanaugh urged that Starr's deputies pose sexually graphic questions to then-President Bill Clinton about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

But in 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a law review article saying presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

Fred Guttenberg, who attended the first day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings as a guest of Sen. "No one is above the law in our constitutional system", he said.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the federal judiciary when he doesn't get his way in a case, such as when the courts struck down his initial Muslim travel bans.

Kavanaugh is intimately familiar with the issue of White House documents and judicial nominations.

"That takes some backbone".

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Kavanaugh mentioned the 1954 Brown ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal as examples of judges making tough calls despite intense partisan pressures.

Bernie Sanders speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court.

"Respect for precedent is important. A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", he said.

After Bush moved into the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court in 2003.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Wednesday that he "understand [s] the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", giving liberals something to feel relieved about with a nominee who, by all rights, was set to look to overturn the abortion statute.

Capitol Police on Tuesday removed 61 protesters opposed to Kavanaugh from the room - often forcibly dragging them as they defiantly screamed about reproductive rights and other issues - and charged them with disorderly conduct.

The second day of Kavanaugh's hearings started with still more protests - just as Grassley opened with a hope that the proceedings would be under more control than Tuesday's divisive opening.

Tuesday's hearing was unusually chaotic for what is generally a sedate legislative process: Dozens of protesters were hauled from the room and arrested, while Democratic lawmakers engaged in their own theatrics and frequently interrupted with demands and objections. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation.

Guttenberg said that he walked up to Kavanaugh as the morning session ended and held out his hand to introduce himself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. Today, she cites statistics about women who died while undergoing illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision recognizing abortion rights. Kavanaugh, a federal appeals judge, was nominated by Trump in July to replace the retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a critical swing vote on the nine-member bench.

The wide-ranging testimony underscored the potential for Kavanaugh's nomination to shape the supreme court and the decisions before it for decades to come.

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