Trump's Supreme Court pick vows independence, sidesteps questions


"I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", Kavanaugh said as Trump announced his nomination at the White House July 9.

"I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", Mr Kavanaugh said. "It's not theory. It's not just what a law review article says. So sad to see!"

Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order.

Republican senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke positively about Kavanaugh but questioned the Trump administrations integrity.

In his first day of answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh said that independence without prejudging cases is the "first quality of a good judge".

This doesn't mean the Democrats are done with demagoguery. Sen.

Democrats are demanding they be allowed to review the 100,000 documents about Mr Kavanaugh's record. Some Democrats, including Sen.

Democrats said the number of withheld documents was so great that the session should be postponed.

Grassley noted that despite his staff being available around the clock to help Democrats access records, not a single Democratic senator showed up. Richard Blumenthal of CT to pledge to step aside from any Supreme Court cases dealing with Trump and Mueller's investigation.

The freakish thing, as The Post pointed out, is that Democrats had already made a decision to vote against Kavanaugh.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) discussed a different side of the abortion issue. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) held up a sign during Durbin's opening statement noting that "Brett Kavanaugh said Obamacare was unprecedented and unlawful". They characterized the hearing as a "charade and mockery of our norms".

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary.

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Mike Lee, R-Utah, during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Washington.

The huge stakes and fierce passions aroused by the lifetime appointment were on display this week as shouts of protests and Democratic demands for a postponement greeted the start of his Senate confirmation hearing.

"Are you saying you can not answer that simple question?"

"Judge Kavanaugh had more papers submitted to our Judiciary Committee than the last five judicial nominees to the Supreme Court combined", he said. Democrats know that the only thing that can stop them is a constitutionally conservative court.

More than a dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

He said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings.

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, embraced judicial independence on Wednesday but sidestepped Senate Democrats' questions on whether a president can pardon himself or fire a prosecutor investigating him.

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution".

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", said Harris at the top of proceedings.

The DC Circuit majority read Supreme Court precedent differently because the 17-year-old who had crossed the southern border had already fulfilled the requirements of state law for a minor trying to obtain an abortion.

On Wednesday, Durbin challenged Kavanaugh on the grounds that the girl had satisfied all of Texas's prerequisites to obtaining an abortion, including an ultrasound and securing a judicial bypass to parental consent requirements. "I am a pro-law judge". "No single prosecutor, judge, or jury should be able to accomplish what the Constitution assigns to the Congress". But is it really possible for a judge to set aside their personal biases, as Kavanaugh suggested he could?

"I don't think we want judges commenting on the latest political controversy", Kavanaugh said. They can confirm Mr Kavanaugh if they stay united. Kavanaugh is considered more conservative than Kennedy, who had been a somewhat moderate swing vote on the court.