Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

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If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be Trump's second Supreme Court appointment.

Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on September 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week.

Democrats say the Republicans are relying on the cherry-picked files being released primarily by Bush's lawyer, Bill Burck, who is compiling and vetting the documents, rather than the traditional process conducted by the National Archives and Records Administration.

"I have concluded that Judge Kavanaugh will create a Supreme Court majority that will threaten women's reproductive rights, roll back essential environmental regulations, and favor large corporations over workers", Bennet wrote.

Kamala Harris drew further scrutiny about 2020 over the past week as each had fiery exchanges with Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Republicans hold only a slim 51-49 majority.

Asked on CBS' Face the Nation whether he would need to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, he said: "Well, we hope not". "'I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so", he wrote then'".

After a week of grilling Kavanaugh, the committee wrapped up the confirmation hearings Friday.

Democrats pressed Kavanaugh over several days on the issue of presidential power.

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Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading US professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating, the highest possible.

Democrats argue that President Donald Trump picked Kavanaugh because he will vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. In 2005, when President George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers, his former staff secretary and White House counsel (whose only apparent distinction was her blind loyalty as a partisan hack), howls of derision from both sides of the aisle ultimately forced the White House to withdraw the nomination.

During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material. Booker asked previously, Kavanaugh said, "the independence of the judiciary requires that I not commit" to participating or not participating in a case.

King said he also objects to Kavanaugh's "expansive" view of the power of the executive branch, while having a much more narrow interpretation of the rights of private citizens.

On divisive issues that could reach the court such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent. And unlike in nearly every other democracy in the world-including Canada, Britain, Brazil, and Australia, where justices are required to retire in their early '70s-US Supreme Court justices serve for life.

But in a odd twist, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said that the George W. Bush library and the Justice Department had cleared several of the documents for public release the previous night, suggesting that Booker, in fact, was not risking anything by going public with the documents.

Lachance has asthma, and he said he is "concerned that the Supreme Court could make major decisions in the next few years that will cause air pollution in ME to increase if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed".

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