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GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes McCain's former chief of staff considering Senate bid as Democrat Liberals should stop "whining" about Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, says Buck Sexton MORE (D-N.Y.) at the time said Democrats were protesting Republicans' handling of Kavanaugh's nomination, which Democrats argue is being rushed through.

Kavanaugh, however, declined to answer how he would rule on whether President Donald Trump, who nominated him to the high court, could be subpoenaed to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller about Trump's 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation. The documents were marked "committee confidential" - meaning that only members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (which includes Booker) could have access to them.

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of the confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to", Cornyn added.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL says his questions to Kavanaugh on the topic stem from the judge's embrace of robust presidential power and the fact that he has been nominated by Trump. "You said in our meeting that Congress would likely act quickly if the president does something, in your words, 'dastardly, '" Klobuchar said.

Late Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, drew a rare partnership with Sen.

To be clear: Booker isn't releasing these emails out of the goodness of his heart or exclusively because he thinks transparency is critically important when voting on a Supreme Court justice.

And he praised the landmark Supreme Court ruling that President Richard Nixon was required to turn over White House tape recordings and other evidence related to the Watergate scandal.

Any Senator of employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business of the committees, subcommittees and offices of the Senate, shall be liable if a Senator - to suffer expulsion from the body.

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Mr Kavanaugh, 53, who faces a four-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was also pressed on his approach to gun rights and the law around abortion. The New York Times had earlier obtained some of the documents relating to emails Kavanaugh wrote touching upon abortion and race issues when he served in the Bush White House. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "And I think our colleagues understand that, but nevertheless made a decision to go ahead anyway".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said security intervened before Kavanaugh could shake Guttenberg's hand.

Kavanaugh clerked for Kozinski, and Kozinski introduced him during his 2006 confirmation hearing to be a judge. He said he offered the comments on a draft op-ed in support of Republican judicial nominees because, "I'm always concerned with accuracy".

Protesters have repeatedly tried to interrupt the hearing, which has carried strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections.

"Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that firm?" Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kavanaugh denied he was questioning Roe as settled law.

That opinion, however, deeply frustrated conservatives because its three co-authors were Republican appointees expected to reverse Roe: Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and, significantly, Anthony Kennedy, whose seat Judge Kavanaugh would fill.

The email in question was first discussed Wednesday night during Booker's questioning of Kavanaugh. This is a relevant topic because Judge Kavanaugh was part of the Special Counsel team which investigated President Bill Clinton, who was impeached, but has since changed his mind.

Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, told CNN Wednesday afternoon when asked if anything she's heard so far would be considered disqualifying. "How many times are you going to tell us this?" he asked.