Committee Chairman Charles Grassley denied the motion to delay the hearing and pressed forward, despite vocal protests from the members of the audience, dozens of whom were arrested. This was the second day of hearings on the confirmation of Kavanaugh.
Joe Donnelly, who is another endangered senator and voted past year to confirm Trump's other Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch.
"As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", replied Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh noted that Roe was reaffirmed in a 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., he declined to say whether that case was properly decided.
After expressing her doubts on Brett Kavanaugh's ability to protect the privacy rights of all Americans, Sen.
In 2012, Kavanaugh was part of a panel that scrapped an Environmental Protection Agency measure aimed at reducing air pollution in the United States. It would take some legislative action for that to happen, is that correct?
"I'm asking you a very direct question - yes or no?" Kavanaugh argued that the detained 17-year-old needed to be transferred to an "immigration sponsor" before being immediately allowed an abortion.More news: Facebook, Twitter face US Congress over foreign bids to tilt politics
Graham further asked, "When it comes to overruling a longstanding precedent of the court, is there a formula you use?" "In that article, you said that a president should not be subject to investigations while in office". "There are factors you look at whenever you're considering any precedent". Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights. "Do you believe it is correct law?" But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself.
He specified the case involved a minor, from another country, who did not speak English, in a USA immigration facility, by herself. On Tuesday, she recalled her service in the early 1960s on the California women's parole board, where she oversaw punishment for women convicted of abortion.
When Klobuchar pushed him on why the White House touted his record of overturning agency decisions 75 times, he said there was no pattern of being "pro this or pro that". He defined such a sponsor as "a family member or friend who she would not be forced to talk to, but she could consult with if she wanted about the decision facing her". He hit the expected notes, invoking the importance of landmark Supreme Court decisions like Brown v. Board of Education - which Senator Kamala Harris had used as in her opening statement as a reason he shouldn't be confirmed - and U.S. v. Nixon, the unanimous decision that limited the scope of presidential power by ordering then-President Richard Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation. She was a prosecutor and later a state circuit court judge in Montgomery County, Md.
Durbin urged Kavanaugh relating to the case, "The clock is ticking...20-week clock is ticking". She does not speak English. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh portrayed himself Wednesday as an independent judge, one who would not be "swayed by political or public pressure" in deciding controversial cases.
Asked about that document on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he suggested the change because he thought the language was overstating the thinking of legal scholars at the time. "Today, I guess they just keep screaming".
Kavanaugh said maintaining judicial independence "requires me to avoid commenting on current events". "I spent a paragraph talking about, she was in an undeniably hard situation". Kavanaugh said he couldn't recall any conversations, but asked for a list of lawyers at the firm.
Vermont's senior senator accused the judge of being aware of emails stolen from Leahy and other Democrats from 2001 to 2003 and having knowledge of the warrantless surveillance of United States citizens that went into effect in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. "I did my level best in an emergency posture, I had basically two days to do this case".