Graham says Kavanaugh will likely get confirmed with Dem support

Saul Bowman
September 4, 2018

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said in an interview aired on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House's citation of privilege on the documents was the first time that had occurred. After all, 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, while Only 37% approve of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

In recent weeks, moderate Republicans considered swing votes have met with Kavanaugh - for long meetings on critical issues.

The White House directed them not to hand them over to the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of Bush's lawyers said in a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will host the hearings scheduled to start on Tuesday.

Kavanaugh, who has championed pro-life views, has not said whether he believes the case was decided correctly, and he is not likely to do so during the hearings.

With his decades of work as a Washington power player - as a Bush lawyer, White House Staff Secretary, and then Appeals Court judge - Kavanaugh sports an extensive paper trail, a history Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell anxious about before President Trump nominated him.

Kavanaugh worked for independent counsel Ken Starr during the investigation of Bill Clinton but has questioned the extent to which sitting presidents can be investigated.

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FILE PHOTO: With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018.

To prepare for the hearing, Kavanaugh has participated in private rehearsals coordinated by the White House Counsel's Office, which have included more than a dozen participants - government lawyers, conservative academics, some of his former law clerks and even several senators.

Burck said he has given the committee "every reviewable" document that he received except those that fell into exemptions that included "presidential records protected by constitutional privilege".

Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Joe Manchin in West Virginia all face tough re-election battles in November in states Trump won easily in the 2016 election and could face pressure from voters to approve the Trump court selection.

Approximately 267,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents from his time serving Bush will be released with the remaining 100,000 documents remaining classified.

On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Klobuchar said the Kavanaugh confirmation process is "not normal".

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