Brett Kavanaugh: Top takeaways from Day 2 of hearing

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Harris' question appeared to puzzle the Supreme Court nominee, who paused for long periods before asking the California senator if she wanted to know whether he spoke with a specific person at the firm about Mueller.

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment protected an individual's right to possess a firearm, but noted that the right could be subject to reasonable regulations.

He also avoided Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy's question about whether a president could pardon himself, or someone else in exchange for a promise not to testify against him.

Kavanaugh: As I sit here today as a judge, I would listen to arguments 16 years ago. but if I were a judge, I would listen to the arguments to your question, Congress has substantial power with respect to programs like this.

The president's contentious nominee for the nation's highest court told Blumenthal that it would be inappropriate for him to make commitments on how he would handle potential cases. Kavanaugh would have denied her immediate access to an abortion, even after she received permission from a Texas judge. "That speaks more about how we work in a collegial way than what you're seeing on television", said Grassley.

Maybe it was the book he co-authored on the topic, but Kavanaugh spent a lot of time Wednesday talking about precedents, and how they guide his judicial thinking.

Kavanaugh likened Roe v. Wade to another controversial, landmark Supreme Court decision, the Miranda ruling about the rights of criminal suspects.

Fred Guttenberg (left), the father of Parkland shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, attempts to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Tuesday's hearing in a moment that was widely shared on social media.

Dreith acknowledged that the numbers are on Kavanaugh's side but said she and other protesters are hoping to bolster Democrats on the committee and possibly sway one or two Republicans.

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Other Democrats voiced criticism at the process so far, including Manchin, who lashed out at both parties for their handling of this Supreme Court fight and other recent battles.

Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), have suggested that Trump nominated Kavanaugh in an effort to protect himself from possible legal peril stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, along with an FBI investigation into the president's former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Some people want me to become a liberal because I disagree with President Trump. This view has been rejected by the four federal appeals courts - including the one on which Kavanaugh serves - that have upheld current assault weapon bans. Kavanaugh said the teen could have been able to "consult with" the sponsor as she faced her decision.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

Kavanaugh said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed past year. I appreciate what you've said about Native Hawaiians.

"They were some ideas for Congress to consider". Some Democrats, including Sen.

Her comments came in reaction to Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while.

Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate once Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator, is sworn in to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Independent Sen. Angus King of ME also stopped in for part of the session.

The DC Circuit majority read Supreme Court precedent differently because the 17-year-old who had crossed the southern border had already fulfilled the requirements of state law for a minor trying to obtain an abortion.

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