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Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

14 September 2018

In what nearly seemed like a celebration, Kavanaugh's two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached. He is holding out hope that not only will Democrats reject Kavanaugh, but that two pivotal Republicans, Sens. The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker focused on an email he said described Kavanaugh's views as a Bush White House aide on the use of "racial profiling" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda Islamist militant group.

BRETT KAVANAUGH: The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed.

"Once confirmed to the Supreme Court, (Kavanaugh) is all but certain to bend the arch of justice backward to a time and place that none of us want to go back to", Menendez said.

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That coming collision was vividly previewed during last week's hearings, particularly when Kavanaugh faced close questioning from Sens.

Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading US professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating, the highest possible.

Kavanaugh repeatedly has invoked the "Ginsburg rule", appealing to the desire to maintain the court's independence by declining to give any indication of how a nominee might rule on cases that could come before the court. "Lawyers need to have backbone even in pressured moments to say 'no, '" Kavanaugh said.

"In fact, we have said yes to every request by the senate democrats to make documents public".

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Members of an American Bar Association committee have given Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh their highest rating of "well qualified" based on his integrity, competence and judicial temperament. Committee members Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California are among the Democrats considered possible candidates in the next presidential campaign. Republican John Cornyn of Texas warned him that senators could be expelled for violating confidentially rules.

"We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly", Burck said by email.

Booker acted as if he released the documents without approval, however Republicans say the documents were cleared for release prior to the Senator posting the content on his Twitter. And just having the fight probably energized the Democratic base.

"When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I urged the president to appoint a consensus nominee who could earn broad bipartisan support in the Senate and the confidence of the American people", Bennet said July 9. And Kavanaugh's testimony that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, "was settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court", and that it had been reaffirmed by a subsequent high court decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey - which he said was "precedent on precedent" - didn't do much to allay those concerns.

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Thursday is expected to be the last round of questioning for the nominee, with witness testimony scheduled for Friday.

Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends