Americans split on whether to confirm Kavanaugh — CNN Poll

Saul Bowman
September 13, 2018

After two marathon days questioning Brett Kavanaugh, senators were winding up his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Friday with legal experts making their cases for and against the judge who is likely to push the high court further to the right.

"The answer is no", Kavanaugh said at the end of another tense exchange with Democratic Sen. There's no point to the questions and no point is ever dragged forth, except that Kamala Harris is a fool. Seconds later, a second demonstrator was thrown out of the hearing room, followed by another, followed by another.

Booker is widely considered to be a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, and his selection for the top speaking slot at the event in the state whose caucuses kick off the primary season is sure to add to speculation about his intentions and chances.

Despite being the last of 10 Democrats to question Kavanaugh - her freshman rank meant she didn't get started until after 9 p.m. on the East Coast - Harris' experience as a prosecutor paid off as she landed blows that resonated with progressives. Democrats and Booker responded, "Bring it on". He said the group would have been required to fill out a form that would "make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs" that they opposed.

White House spokesman Raj Shah offered an alternative version of the event, tweeting that "an unidentified individual" approached Kavanaugh and before the judge was "able to shake his hand, security had intervened".

Such shows of protest are nothing new on Capitol Hill. Hiding under the body of her classmate who'd already been shot. "It's not about personal opinion, it's not about personal biases or policy preferences, it's about looking at the law and ruling on the law and where the law takes you". Obama then complained to the committee chairman Sen. "The question was asked under oath". That includes research and talking points Miranda stole from the Senate server after I had written them for the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chief counsel for nominations for the minority.

A Feinstein spokeswoman said Friday that after taking the lead for so long, "she wanted her colleagues to have an opportunity to make the case". John McCain's successor John Kyl. Fallon's organization, Demand Justice, is leading the opposition to Kavanaugh. Collins, who is nominally pro-choice, said shortly before Kavanaugh's nomination that a Supreme Court nominee "who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me".

TOTENBERG: Well, I think they finally did basically by releasing some of the documents labeled committee confidential and doing it without the explicit permission of the Republicans.


My challenge to Judiciary Committee Democrats to walk the walk was met with deafening silence.

"Let's jump in this pit together", said the Senate's No. 2-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin of IL.

Critics ridiculed the moment as nothing more than grandstanding. He says Kavanaugh received high praise for his knowledge of the law and for his judicial temperament, with reviewers saying he was affable and kept an open mind.

Asked if she didn't believe them, Harris said again, "They're not under oath". In questioning Thursday, he said more directly that he had no such conversations.

Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. Kavanaugh could become the deciding vote on whether Trump can be indicted or forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kavanaugh answered, "I'm not - I'm not - I'm not thinking of any right now, senator". For this, she was predictably skewered by progressives.

Kavanaugh maintained that he views Roe v. Wade, which legalized a woman's right to obtain an abortion, as an "important precedent" during his recent Senate hearing, including when he was asked directly about the 2003 email. Kirsten Gillibrand, have highlighted.

Democrats painted Kavanaugh as a threat to abortion rights.

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