Supreme Court Nominee to Face Tough Questions on Range of Issues

Supreme Court Nominee to Face Tough Questions on Range of Issues

Supreme Court Nominee to Face Tough Questions on Range of Issues

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.

Klobuchar argued that the documents stemming from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House could "strongly bolster the arguments that I could make" on whether the appellate court judge is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. "So I don't think that's the way you examine a nominee and get the facts out".

The White House said Friday that it would not be releasing 100,000 Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege.

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. Where does Kavanaugh stand on some key issues?

The matter could be significant to Trump if the high court is called upon to render judgment on matters arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation into the Trump administration and several civil lawsuits pending against Trump.

The eventual full Senate vote on Kavanaugh is expected to be close, with Republicans holding a narrow 50-49 majority with the death of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona.

McCain takes parting shot at Trump in final message
Earlier this month, when he signed a multi-billion dollar defence bill named after McCain, the president did not say his name. Trump also delayed issuing the customary proclamation for flags to remain at half-staff for longer than the two-day minimum.

"If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the Supreme Court, he will undoubtedly be the deciding vote to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, bringing us back to a dark chapter in this country's history that forced women into unsafe, illegal abortion", said Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer of UltraViolet.

Republicans said Democrats are reaching for objections.

Most Senate Democrats have said they'd like to delay the nomination, but they don't have the power to do so.

FILE - President Donald Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, and his family in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018. Durbin and other Democrats used the Twitter hashtag #WhatAreTheyHiding to register their ire in a preview of what's to come at Kavanaugh's hearing. Rather than wait on the National Archives to produce the millions of documents relating to Kavanaugh's record, Republicans have relied on a group of lawyers for Bush to review documents ― a parallel and partisan effort that a National Archives official has described as "something that has never happened before".

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

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