Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Clark Diaz
September 7, 2018

A look at highlights from day three of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker saying he would risk expulsion over the release of confidential documents regarding racial profiling.

Kavanaugh said that all he had written back in the email was "who signed this?" - evidence, he said, that he believed the letter had been made public by the time it was in his possession.

Senators began questioning Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday in confirmation hearings to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was considered the swing vote on key issues including abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action and campaign finance reform.

"Running for president is now excuse for violating the rules of the Senate", Cornyn told Booker, a potential Democratic candidate in 2020.

Pressed by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, Kavanaugh defended a ruling he took part in issuing an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained by U.S. authorities in Texas from immediately having an abortion. I concur with what you are doing.

Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., also released "confidential" documents, drawing a stern rebuke from Sen.

The 15-year-old email underscored a dispute that has dominated part of the hearing over Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail stemming from his years in the Bush White House. Democrats have stated that they didn't have time to go over the documents and that there is a conflict in interest by Burke.

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"We see on an all-too-common basis that racism still exists in the United States of America", Kavanaugh said.

Asked whether he was on an email list that Kozinski used to send offensive material, Kavanaugh responded: "I don't remember anything like that".

Kavanaugh said he was referring not to his own views but to the "views of legal scholars".

When asked about the email Thursday, Kavanaugh said he recommended the edit to the op-ed because he didn't think the draft accurately reflect the view of all legal scholars.

Asked by the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley, whether he would have any trouble ruling against Trump or the executive branch, Kavanaugh replied, "No one is above the law in our constitutional system".

The tone is different from Kavanaugh's remarks stressing how hard it is to overturn precedent like Roe during confirmation hearings, which opened for a third day Thursday with angry complaints and finger-pointing among senators over the unusual vetting process for the judge.

Kavanaugh had sidestepped questions from Booker on Wednesday night about the circumstances in which government can and cannot use race-conscious measures to address past discrimination.

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Protesters repeatedly interrupted the hearing by shouting messages opposing Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, supported a petition from the broadband industry for the full court to rehear the case that upheld the FCC's right to impose utility-style regulations on internet services.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court, which already had a conservative majority, further to the right.

Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's grueling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence.

Not only that, Kavanaugh was also lambasted at the same hearing for refusing to shake the hand of Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the Parkland mass shooting.

Leahy presented Kavanaugh with claims the judge made during the mid-2000s confirmation hearings about never receiving the stolen emails.

"I don't think we want judges commenting on the latest political controversy", Kavanaugh said.

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Kavanaugh also said Thursday that he doesn't recall conversations of any kind with anyone at the law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres, but that he doesn't know everyone who might work there.

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