The Resistance At The Kavanaugh Hearings: More Than 200 Arrests


As of November 2003, when the sergeant-at-arms seized the Judiciary Committee's servers, Kavanaugh would have been on notice that any of the letters, talking points, or research described as being from Democrats that were provided to him by Miranda were suspect and probably stolen from the Senate's server.

Democrats say the Republicans are relying on the cherry-picked files being released primarily by Bush's lawyer, Bill Burck, who is compiling and vetting the documents, rather than the traditional process conducted by the National Archives and Records Administration. The hearings, which began September 4, included several disruptions by protestors, seemingly political lines of questioning by senators, and even a cameo appearance by the youth basketball team he coaches.

The board then highlighted Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings in which he bobbed and weaved multiple questions. Cory Gardner, a Republican, met with Kavanaugh in July after he was nominated by Trump earlier that month. "I'm an independent judge".

"I can't comment on that", he said.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh's nomination comes at a time when Trump poses a threat to America's rule of law and is facing an ongoing special counsel investigation.

The issue has been on the minds of Democratic senators who have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh's views on executive branch powers.

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Jean, 26, was a beloved person known for his church involvement, leadership on campus, smile, and friendly demeanor. Jean's mother, Allison , suggested in an interview on Friday that her son might still be alive if he was white.

Kavanaugh had declined on Wednesday to answer whether a president would have to respond to a court's subpoena, saying he could be asked to rule on the matter. But in many cases, Kavanaugh refused to answer hypothetical questions from Democrats on the panel, a common practice for judicial nominees.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during the third day of Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are still reviewing Kavanaugh's record and haven't said how they're going to vote. "I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters, you don't even know which side the protesters were on".

Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about Trump or commit to stepping aside from any case about the Russian Federation investigation that might come to the Supreme Court. That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation.

It also aligns with the timeline for getting Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Judiciary Committee. Republicans hope to confirm the judge, who would nudge the high court further to the right, in time for the first day of court's new term, October 1.

Asked about it by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kavanaugh reiterated his previous testimony that "Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court". Under questioning by Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, New York University School of Law professor Melissa Murray said that even if he does not back overturning Roe, if Kavanaugh joins fellow conservatives on the high court in upholding a succession of restrictive state laws it could mean "death by a thousand cuts" to a woman's right to an abortion.

At the time, Kavanaugh was associate counsel in the White House and was responsible for helping to vet judicial nominees who would appear before the Judiciary Committee. They then waited in line for 20 to 30 minutes within the hearing room.