Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

Piper Perabo

Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

"Semi-automatic rifles are widely possessed in the United States", Kavanaugh said. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, to explain why he disagreed with the rest of his colleagues on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to create the rules, Kavanaugh said he was simply following legal precedent and wasn't looking to strip the agency of its power.

Leahy spent his remaining time asking Kavanaugh about his knowledge at the time of the warrantless wiretapping of US citizens during the Bush administration's "War on Terror" following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

One of the documents included in the Burck-reviewed set was an email revealing the nominee's views on racial profiling. Affirmative action refers to policies that favor groups like racial minorities in practices such as hiring that have experienced past discrimination.

His record is being closely examined as his appointment is seen as likely to tip the court towards the right.

But Kavanaugh's nomination languished for three years, as Democrats fumed over his participation in Bush's recount team.

The second day of questioning in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing began with another bitter controversy over the GOP's handling of the process and the behavior of Democrats seeking to slow his confirmation.

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The tone is different from Kavanaugh's remarks during the confirmation hearings stressing how hard it is to overturn precedent like Roe.

"Please tell us what judicial independence means to you, including whether you have any trouble ruling against the president who appointed you", Sen. But after a marathon 12-hour session Wednesday, he also does not seem to have changed minds on the Judiciary Committee, which is split along partisan lines. They were released minutes later.

Republicans also have released some, but not all, of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office under Bush. But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim majority in the Senate, and with no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top USA judicial body. Leahy can not present the evidence to Kavanaugh at the hearing b/c they have been designated "Committee Confidential."Call yr Sen". Cornyn said it was "irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator".

"He's right. Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or the confidentiality of the documents we are privy to", Cornyn shot back. The New Jersey Democrat indicated that by releasing the documents, he's engaging in "civil disobedience".

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh portrayed himself Wednesday as an independent judge, one who would not be "swayed by political or public pressure" in deciding controversial cases. Democrats lack the votes to block confirmation but have been pressing Kavanaugh for his views on abortion rights, gun control and other issues. Conservatives hope that Kavanaugh's confirmation could create a conservative majority on the court, potentially for decades.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate conservative who was a swing vote on the court.

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