Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

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Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey - who along with Harris is a potential presidential candidate in 2020 - said he was willing to risk fallout over releasing confidential documents about Kavanaugh's views on race.

"What we do know is extremely troubling and dangerously out of step with the American people", she said, "particularly on critical issues including executive power, abortion rights and pre-existing conditions".

Booker announced Saturday he will be the headline speaker at the annual Iowa Democratic Party's fall gala.

The four days of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh included noisy protests, partisan battles, and plenty of drama.

Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading US professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating, the highest possible. "It was a very good meeting and I think he will make an incredible Supreme Court Justice".

Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.

Kavanaugh did answer a lot of questions in a number of key areas, including abortion, gun rights, and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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.

Booker had dramatically said he would "knowingly" violate Senate rules to release emails marked "committee confidential" that showed Kavanaugh discussing racial profiling as a White House lawyer in 2002.

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"I think we ought to have this loudmouth removed", he added as another activist interrupted the hearing.

Eastmond was followed by two children with chronic health problems, both of whom have apparently been led to believe that if Kavanaugh is confirmed, they will be banned from seeking treatment for their conditions and forced to breathe dirty air.

A key point about Kavanaugh's stances on abortion came on Thursday, when The New York Times revealed an email exchange from Kavanaugh's tenure working for the George W. Bush administration.

But in a odd twist, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said that the George W. Bush library and the Justice Department had cleared several of the documents for public release the previous night, suggesting that Booker, in fact, was not risking anything by going public with the documents.

"I've never taken a position on the constitution on that question", Kavanaugh told California senator Dianne Feinstein.

Committee member Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, on his Twitter account, called the claims "outlandish" and linked to online debates that he said "debunked" each claim. Back then, Kavanaugh also denied receiving stolen material.

Despite the tense atmosphere, there were pointed moments of levity. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Kavanaugh introduced several girls on a softball team he has coached through the years, rattling off their names and grade levels one by one. John Cornyn sparred with Sen.

The board then highlighted Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings in which he bobbed and weaved multiple questions. But in many cases, Kavanaugh refused to answer hypothetical questions from Democrats on the panel, a common practice for judicial nominees.

Each day, members of the public arrived by 7 a.m.to queue up for hearing tickets.

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