Kavanaugh confirmation hearing closes with witness testimony on day four

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"The argument for the lawyers of Priests for Life was that they objected to all birth control", she said. The response implied -but did not assert- that sexual orientation would not be a factor for him.

Kavanaugh could have said that the law varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

After a bit more back and forth, she repeated the question.

Instead, Kavanaugh said "the scope of employment discrimination laws is being litigated right now and, therefore, while I'd like to talk to you about this more, because that issue is in a variety of cases right now, it'd be inconsistent...." Democrats are particularly pushing for access to his three years as staff secretary for Bush, but Republicans are not including those documents in the review. Bush spoke out in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples.

When I started at Yale Law School in 2011, it had never had a Latino tenure-track faculty member in its almost 200-year history. A White House spokesman said security intervened before Kavanaugh could take his hand. "I understand the significance on the issue", he said Wednesday. "Of course, at that time, as you are well aware, there has been a.sea change in attitudes in the United States of America...."

Asked if he believed Kavanaugh had any shortcomings, Tillis declined to say.

Fallon compared the decision on the court nominee to big votes of the past such as the Iraq War authorization that end up defining lawmakers' careers.

While Feinstein's interactions with Kavanaugh were markedly cordial compared with other Democrats' questioning, she pressed him repeatedly on his stance that assault weapons are "commonly used" and thus can't be banned under the Second Amendment and on whether he would vote to overturn the abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade.

Booker struck a defiant tone this week as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in declaring his willingness to face expulsion from the Senate by "releasing" a pre-cleared email regarding Kavanaugh's views about racial profiling during his time as a top White House aide to President George W. Bush. Harris echoed that remark, pushing Kavanaugh to express his opinion on Obergefell.

Kavanaugh said: "I'm happy to answer a more specific question". Chuck Grassley. Kavanaugh's appearance will be followed by testimony from legal experts and people who know the judge.

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"These are rights protected by the Constitution even if they're not specifically mentioned in the Constitution".

Collins has said she could not support a nominee who "demonstrated hostility" toward the landmark 1973 case.

At the Kavanaugh sessions, the disruptions began several minutes after Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the hearing open on Tuesday. "A lot of people in ME would be disappointed if she chose to vote for Kavanaugh".

Despite being the last of 10 Democrats to question Kavanaugh - her freshman rank meant she didn't get started until after 9 p.m. on the East Coast - Harris' experience as a prosecutor paid off as she landed blows that resonated with progressives.

Booker, 49, who previously served as the mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013 before winning his U.S. Senate seat, called the upcoming election "the most important of my lifetime". Kavanaugh said that the comment did not reflect his personal views, but "what legal scholars might say".

Kavanaugh's answer boils down to: It's too early to say, and it would compromise my independence if I tipped my hand.

Democrats also hammered at Kavanaugh's ability to separate himself from Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Much of the debate among senators focused more on the disclosure of documents than on Kavanaugh's record.

"For example, he testified that Roe v. Wade is 'settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court, '" they wrote. Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

One particularly interesting moment during the four-day hearing came when a Republican, Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, following on the heels of Booker's questions, looked into the camera -not at Kavanaugh-and said, "Quite honestly, if firing someone due to their gender identification is immoral....if anybody even suggested it that's ever worked in my organization, they'd get fired before the sun set".

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