Hatch, Lee rip Democrats' 'theatrics,' predict Kavanaugh confirmation

Marsha Scott
September 13, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote as early as next week on Brett Kavanaugh - President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. Rather than focusing on Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy and his legal opinions, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have chosen to focus on legislative issues that are the purvue of Congress - not the Supreme Court. The nominee, enduring back-to-back days of lengthy questioning, remained in good humor, making no gaffes that were likely to derail his confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, despite the efforts of Democrats opposed to him.

"Senate Democrats are not happy about this fact and they did everything they could to stop Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process this week", he said.

One of the Democrats' star witnesses was John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House counsel who cooperated with prosecutors during the Watergate investigation.

If you want proof that our system is broken, you need only look at today's hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, where children who aren't old enough to vote testified against the nominee.

On Thursday night, Harris offered some more information about the foundation for her line of questioning.

Democrats painted Kavanaugh as a threat to abortion rights.

The White House, which is determined to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the November elections as Republicans aim to deliver on Trump's priorities, applauded the schedule announcement. Their hope is that two Republican senators who support abortion rights could break from their party and vote against him.

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He said that Booker - from his time in local New Jersey politics to his time as mayor of Newark - has always been a "showboat" who liked the spotlight.

The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday, when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe. Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, also worked in the administration of former President George W. Bush, where he served in the White House Counsel's Office and as Bush's staff secretary. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to release the documents to the public before Thursday's proceedings, and got his wish. Republicans hope to confirm the judge, who would nudge the high court further to the right, in time for the first day of court's new term, October 1.

The document was partially redacted.

Beddard, a graduate student, said that she was drawn to protest Kavanaugh's nomination due to his stance on Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

And Sen. Ron Wyden of OR wrote that "Kavanaugh used stolen documents and LIED about it for personal gain". Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly stated the importance of judicial independence.

"I think that's what legal scholars have ― some ― some legal scholars have undoubtedly said things like that over time, but that ― that's different from what I as a judge ― my position as a judge is that there's 45 years of precedent and there's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe", he said. When Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT invited him to denounce Trump's criticism of federal judges, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nominee demurred. He said his favorite writing from the Federalist papers is Federalist No. 69, in which Alexander Hamilton details how the United States presidency is not a monarchy, he showed that he can list every name and age of the players on the girls basketball team he coached, and more.

"It did not, Senator", Kavanaugh said.

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