Kavanaugh sails through hearing despite Democrats’ criticism

Sen. Cory Booker made good on his promise Thursday to publicly release confidential documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's ongoing confirmation for the Supreme Court. The document had been among many held by the Senate Judiciary Committee as confidential, over the objections of Democrats, who have argued throughout this week's hearing that Republicans have shielded important papers about Presidential Donald Trump's nominee.

On abortion, Kavanaugh said the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has been affirmed "many times".

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh answered questions about his views on executive power, abortion, and gun laws, but mostly declined to comment on issues that could be part of a future case before the Supreme Court.

Leahy said that the Senate Judiciary had other documents that provide even more proof that the nominee misled senators about internal Democratic documents he received, but those records are now "committee confidential", meaning they can only be viewed by members. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to file paperwork to kick him out of the Senate, acting as though his stand for transparency was an epic moment like Spartacus's slave revolt. Dick Durbin said to Booker, alluding to possible repurcussions against him: "Let's jump into the pit together!"

In the 2002 email, Kavanaugh said that although he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an "interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented".

"If he is not a tempest in a teapot, but sincerely believes that, then bring the charges", Booker said later, referring to Cornyn.

While it raised eyebrows, Booker's suggestion that he would be willing to be expelled from the Senate for his release of committee confidential documents isn't rare. "It's no wonder they are attempting to attack those who have questioned his record and his views".

The best part came when Harris asked Kavanaugh if he spoke with someone working at Trump's law firm about Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Meanwhile it was shown, in an email obtained by The Associated Press, that Kavanaugh had taken a different tone on a 2003 abortion case than he had during Wednesday's hearing when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe. "Instead of treating the judge's hearing seriously, they're soaking up every minute of camera time to appeal to their far Left base", said RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens.

During tense confirmation hearings Wednesday, U.S. Sen.

As protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room, Kavanaugh sat fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly described the abortion ruling as important Supreme Court precedent hard to overturn.

Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's gruelling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence.

"I haven't had any inappropriate conversations about that investigation with anyone".

Kavanaugh called it a "hypothetical question".

As the hearing paused for a lunch break, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting in February, tried to talk to Kavanaugh but the nominee turned away.

"I don't really understand their level of outrage when they had already made clear they were going to vote against any nominee that the President put forward", Collins told CNN, echoing Republican criticism of their Democratic counterparts.

The hearing's focus on Wednesday on presidential power came amid a widening probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election and turmoil within the White House, clouding the presidency of Trump, who is working to get more conservative judges appointed to the federal courts.

Kavanaugh appeared puzzled by the question and asked Harris if she was referring to a specific person.