'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

Protesters dress as 'handmaids' for Kavanaugh hearings

"I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", Kavanaugh said, noting that previous high court nominees also have declined to answer queries about cases that might later come before them. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen.

If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term.

In a tweet in June, President Trump said he had "the absolute right to PARDON myself".

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday she thinks the Kavanaugh hearing should be delayed until more documents are made available for review. "Democratic senators interrupted the hearing 63 times before lunch, and in the audience, 70 people were arrested yesterday who were following their lead".

Strong Democratic opposition to Trump's nominee reflects the political stakes for both parties in advance of the November elections, Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign and the potentially pivotal role Kavanaugh could play in moving the court to the right.

"The only question that's ever been debated is whether the actual process should happen while still in office", Kavanaugh said.

On Wednesday, Durbin challenged Kavanaugh on the grounds that the girl had satisfied all of Texas's prerequisites to obtaining an abortion, including an ultrasound and securing a judicial bypass to parental consent requirements.

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

He said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings.

Tell-all book ‘Fear’ sets up Trump-Woodward clash of titans
So Porter consulted Cohn, who told him, according to Woodward: 'I can stop this. "Obviously, the president would've wanted to". The Washington Post also released audio of Trump and Woodward discussing the failure to arrange an interview at some length.

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that USA v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called US v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history".

But GOP senators mostly calmly defended Kavanaugh from what Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, called the Shakespearean nature of the hearing - "sound and fury, signifying nothing" - confident that there were no defections from the solid Republican support Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed as the Supreme Court's 114th justice.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.

In another consequential exchange, Kavanaugh would not say if a president was legally obligated to comply with a subpoena. The court begins its next term in October.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary.

The strategy was front-and-center as Kavanaugh's hearing got underway Tuesday, with Democrats immediately calling on the committee to adjourn.

"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", he told the Senate panel.

For instance, the Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Johnson v. U.S., a case about whether police can use a routine, minor traffic violation to justify the seizure of a vehicle and its passengers in the hopes of finding evidence of other crimes. I disrupted the Senate Kavanaugh hearings this morning because Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony criminal investigation & shouldn't be allowed to nominate a Justice, til that is resolved. "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", Kavanaugh said.

Liberals worry that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. In practice, a president's Constitutional power to pardon is quite broad, but legal experts indicate that a presidential self-pardon would violate a Nixon-era legal principle. He set out right away to buffer himself by asserting he believes a good judge is independent of political pressure: "If you walk into my courtroom and you have the better legal arguments, you will win", he said repeatedly.

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