Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Brett Kavanaugh: Senate judiciary panel will vote this month

Brett Kavanaugh: Senate judiciary panel will vote this month

But Kavanaugh said in a 2003 email while working for the administration of President George W. Bush some legal scholars may view the idea of precedent differently and that the Supreme Court "can always overrule its precedent".

Bennet, a Democrat and Colorado's senior senator, released a statement via Twitter on Tuesday morning saying the nominee will threaten women's right to abortions and make decisions that would end up causing harm to the environment.

REUTERS/Alex WroblewskiProtesters are removed during the fourth day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2018.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Sen. Murkowski (R-AK), another pro-abortion Republican and a key vote in Kavanaugh's confirmation process, declined to comment on the email, but an aide told Politico that she will look at it over the weekend. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are still reviewing Kavanaugh's record and haven't said how they're going to vote.

That means Pence's constitutionally allotted power to break Senate ties might be used in an unprecedented and potent way, to install Kavanaugh in the seat vacated by retiring justice Anthony M Kennedy, thereby tilting the court to the right.

She said that because Kavanaugh lied about the stolen material three times under oath, he should be rejected for the Supreme Court and removed from his current bench.

"We have rules in the Senate, we have norms for decorum", Cornyn said. The nominee, enduring back-to-back days of lengthy questioning, remained in good humor, making no gaffes that were likely to derail his confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, despite the efforts of Democrats opposed to him.

Planned Parenthood and its political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, also organized members from across the country, Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government affairs at Planned Parenthood, told CNN. In what nearly seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh's two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached.

". If the American people truly believe that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe and undo healthcare, there will be a bipartisan majority, Democrats and Republicans, to defeat him". We now have a president whose conduct is at the center of a federal criminal investigation, but in his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh refused to say whether he thinks it is constitutional for presidents to be investigated, and whether he continues to believe that the president has the power to fire a prosecutor criminally investigating him.

Democratic senators expressed concern about what they saw as Kavanaugh's expansive view of president powers.

"When a court order requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something under the Constitution or laws of the United States, under our constitutional system, that is the final word", Kavanaugh said.

Also on Friday, Kennebunk High School sophomore Hunter Lachance, 15, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Kavanaugh's stance on air quality.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is seen as likely to tilt the top US court even further to the right.

"This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire. 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. "We will fight this confirmation", he said.

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