Senate Judiciary Committee schedules vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Senate Judiciary Committee schedules vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Much of Washington has spent the week focusing on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Aalayah Eastmond, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., survived February's mass shooting at her school by hiding under her dead classmate Nicholas Dworet's body. We now have a president whose conduct is at the center of a federal criminal investigation, but in his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh refused to say whether he thinks it is constitutional for presidents to be investigated, and whether he continues to believe that the president has the power to fire a prosecutor criminally investigating him.

"And I want to reassure everyone that I base my decisions on the law, but I do so with an awareness of the facts and an awareness of the real world consequences", Kavanaugh said in one formulation. I think that's a bit of a stretch, but it got people's attention. And why would we share our precise strategy to fight controversial Republican nominations with the Republicans we were fighting?

"When he fell over, I fell with him". "And that's why I have to go through Iowa". "I rolled him off of me, and placed his head on his arm so he wouldn't be touching the cold ground".

Republicans have complained that Harris and Booker are posturing with 2020 in mind.

The hearing ended on Friday after the committee heard from outside witnesses testifying for and against the nomination, with anti-Kavanaugh protesters again interrupting the proceedings. The protests continued all week.

Booker claimed he was "knowingly" violating the rules of the Senate, thus nobly risking expulsion, by releasing "confidential" emails from Kavanaugh when he worked in the White House during the Bush administration.

Kavanaugh eventually said he couldn't think of any such conversations but would need to see a list of the firm's lawyers.

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But she trailed by a break in the opening set, and then was a point from being behind 4-1, before turning things around. Gauff's father, Corey, played basketball at Georgia State and her mother, Candi, ran track at Florida State.

Trump himself, campaigning in Montana on Thursday night, sought to make Kavanaugh's confirmation a political test for voters, saying the judge deserves bipartisan support and criticizing the "anger and the meanness on the other side - it's sick".

"Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad", he tweeted. Our party controls neither the White House nor the Senate. Booker said he would gladly accept the consequences. Miranda said he may have shared stolen material with Kavanaugh, but never told him the material came from Democrats.

The documents show that on Christmas Eve 1998, Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close and suggesting they inform the attorney general that the findings against Clinton be left to the next president.

Until Booker stole the stage Thursday morning, Harris had provided what could prove to be the hearing's most important moment yet. Booker was in little danger of actually being expelled from the Senate since the severe penalty requires the approval of 67 senators. The mathematic march toward Kavanaugh's confirmation at month's end remains the same in the Senate, where Republicans hold a51-49 edge.

Fellow Democrats Menendez and Pallone praised Booker for his courage in demanding release of the documents. 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. "What I found that was striking is that in the 12 years you've been on the D.C. Circuit, of all the matters that you and Chief Judge Garland have voted on together, that you voted together 93 percent of the time", Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked the judge Tuesday. Kavanaugh didn't answer, citing the practice of past nominees who have declined to answer questions that could come before them as a justice.

Democratic witnesses expressed concern about Kavanaugh's record on a range of issues including affirmative action, the rights of people with disabilities, access to birth control and abortion.

He used the term in response to a question from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. They were made available after 3 a.m. Thursday.

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