The Best Moments From Women Senators at the Kavanaugh Hearings

Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has dealt what could be a fatal blow to the campaign against Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination, as the senator admitted she wasn't swayed by a leaked 2003 email in which Kavanaugh said Roe v. Wade wasn't "settled law".

During a Fox News Sunday interview, Coons refused to say whether Booker would be required to meet with the Senate Ethics Committee, suggesting the document dump might have come at a price. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen.

The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.

"What the totality of (his) record makes abundantly clear is that on issue after issue, Judge Kavanaugh has promoted a judicial philosophy that diminishes the rights of individuals, particularly women and people of color; puts corporations before people; and promotes a partisan right-wing ideology at odds with the will of the American people", Hassan said.

"And we have every confidence that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will very soon be Justice Brett Kavanaugh and take a seat on the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh replied: "Senator, the Supreme Court has recognized the right to abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, has reaffirmed it many times".

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. At the hearing, I think, on Tuesday, I think we had 60 or 70 people carried out as arrests during the hearing. "I'm confident he'll be confirmed", McConnell told reporters in Louisville, Ky., adding that he believes Kavanaugh did a "spectacular job" during his hearing before the Judiciary Committee last week.

In the coming weeks, as the final vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation draws near, the handful of Democrats on the fence who are in a potential political bind depending on how they vote will begin to maker their positions known.

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"I know it's frustrating to the press, but until I finish my review I'm going to defer my decision-making", Collins said outside of Abbott Laboratories, a Scarborough company that manufactures diagnostic tests for the health care industry.

Booker's threat to release the emails prompted committee chair John Cornyn of Texas to read a rule stating that Booker could be dismissed from the Senate if he did so.

Leahy ended his 20 minutes of questioning by asking Kavanaugh about whether the second amendment leaves room for firearms created by a 3-D printer to be regulated or banned.

Committee member Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, on his Twitter account, called the claims "outlandish" and linked to online debates that he said "debunked" each claim. One email chain was titled "spying", and Democratic files were referred to as "confidential" several times.

Separately, an email written to Kavanaugh by a then-staffer to the Republican leadership, Barbara Ledeen, had the subject line "spying".

The third day of the confirmation hearing again was repeatedly interrupted by protesters hostile to Kavanaugh.

"A religious drug treatment center should be no better - but also no worse - in the eyes of the government than a non-religious drug treatment center", Kavanaugh wrote, by way of arguing that the Constitution requires that faith-based organizations should not receive preferential treatment, but should still receive a "neutral" and fair shake. So far, the committee has made public Kavanaugh's 17,000-page questionnaire and his more than 300 court cases as an appellate judge.

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