Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

06 September, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Emilio Conner
  • Getty									Brett Kavanaugh refuses to shake Fred Guttenberg's hand at hearing

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Despite interruptions, senators plunged into their initial opportunity to publicly question Kavanaugh in what was expected to be a marathon day of examination.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

"That is why a lot of people are concerned about his administration", Flake said, adding, "I, too, am concerned".

"Judge Kavanaugh had more papers submitted to our Judiciary Committee than the last five judicial nominees to the Supreme Court combined", he said. Patrick Leahy of Vermont about pardons. "No one is above the law in our constitutional system", he said.

"Indeed, some pledged to oppose Judge Kavanaugh from the moment of announcement", he said, noting that shortly after President Trump announced his selection, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "said that he would fight Judge Kavanaugh with everything he's got".

The Trump administration has refused to release thousands of documents about the conservative federal appeals court judge's work for President George W Bush.

The confirmation hearing opened on Tuesday with a chaotic session in which Democrats complained that Republicans withheld documents concerning Kavanaugh's work in Bush's White House more than a decade ago that they said they needed to review to properly vet the nominee.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh backed away from that expansive view of executive power by arguing he was just spitballing about how to protect a president from unnecessary and distracting lawsuits.

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Well, Judy, yesterday, you and I talked about how this is the most consequential Supreme Court hearing and nomination really in our lifetimes, because it is to replace Justice Kennedy's seat, the swing seat. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) called it "the noise of democracy". For it was James Madison, who may not have had a musical named for him but who was a top scholar of his time, who wrote in "The Federalist No. 47" that the accumulation of all powers, the executive, legislative and the judiciary, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions chose to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters.

In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh mentioned a 1954 ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal.

He referenced the late Justice Antonin Scalia's saying, "if a judge always likes the outcomes of cases he decides, he is probably doing something wrong".

"The fact that we can not take a few days or weeks to have a complete review of Judge Kavanaugh's record is unfair to the American people", Sen.

Democrats have raised concerns that if the special counsel investigation were to make its way to the supreme court, Kavanaugh could not be impartial toward the president who appointed him.

Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House.

"I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions of that sort", Kavanaugh said, responding to questions from Sen.

"Respect for precedent is important". So because there was no Supreme Court precedent on the question specifically pertaining to illegal immigrants, he consulted the closest analogue available, which were the Supreme Court's past rulings on parental consent generally.

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