Harris puts Kavanaugh on edge with Mueller question

Carla Harmon
September 10, 2018

At issue is an op-ed which Kavanaugh was drafting which originally said that "it is widely accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are the settled law of the land" - language quite similar to that used by Kavanaugh himself in his confirmation hearings. The document is partially redacted.

In more conciliatory tones but with notable rigor, Klobuchar, 58, questioned Kavanaugh about laws governing election finance and discrimination-subjects of profound interest to the Democratic base. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy".

Kavanaugh answered that he would rather not discuss the issue because it was now being litigated. Cornyn said it was "irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator". That's because President George W. Bush's records representative, Bill Burck, quickly released a statement to Fox News saying they were "surprised to learn" about Booker's "histrionics" because "we had already told him he could use the documents publicly". Grassley said Tuesday that he planned a committee vote on the nomination in mid-September. Republicans hold the Senate 51-49 and can secure Kavanaugh's appointment with a simple majority or the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

As Far Left website ThinkProgress.org reported, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared dumbfounded when he was asked by Sen". Now that man might be deciding the fate of Donald Trump's SCOTUS nominee.

Not to mention, Brett Kavanaugh played dumb while being grilled by Kamala Harris, and didn't deny that he had spoke to the law firm founded by Trump's personal lawyer about the Mueller investigation.

When Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked him Thursday, "did you interview William Pryor?"

"This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire.

And nothing in this week's often partisan-squabbling, protest-interrupted spectacle has changed the likely outcome: a party-line vote in favor of Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court.

Abortion advocates and Senate Democrats, however, weren't convinced by Kavanaugh's testimony, in which he also falsely described birth control pills as "abortion-inducing drugs".

Judiciary Committee Republicans complained that the question was unfair.

Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh has repeatedly insisted that he fully embraces the importance of judicial independence.

In an interview with The Daily Caller on Tuesday, President Trump said, "I don't know why they don't take care of a situation like that because it's bad".

"So really, in effect, his decision-making in this case is chipping away at the rights of immigrants in detention, but doing it through the lens of reproductive rights", she added. Still, he began his long day in the witness chair by declaring that "no one is above the law".

In the same incisive tone, Harris grilled Kavanaugh about the investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Speaking of the Supreme Court, conservative (and tiny) Hillsdale College punches above its weight in producing SCOTUS clerks - so Paul Rahe wants to know, why can't his school get any love from the U.S. News rankings? She said she was surprised when many groups reacted reflexively against Kavanaugh's nomination, without due consideration. Judge Kavanaugh completely understands the distinction between contraception and "abortion-inducing drugs" and knows that some redefine pregnancy as beginning at implantation rather than fertilization. But he clearly questioned it when he was working in the Bush administration. The documents had been unethically obtained and circulated by a Republican Senate aide.

"It did not, Senator", Kavanaugh said. As part of a three-judge panel for the Federal Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh ruled to invalidate the state judge's order.

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