Cruz Says Dems 'Have Not Laid a Single Glove On Brett Kavanaugh'

Cruz Says Dems 'Have Not Laid a Single Glove On Brett Kavanaugh'

Cruz Says Dems 'Have Not Laid a Single Glove On Brett Kavanaugh'

Several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Kavanaugh on his position with regard to the historic abortion case and on its precedent, as it would affect his rulings should he be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh responds to questions during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Wednesday was a little calmer, after the opening day on Tuesday quickly became a cacophony of yelling protesters incensed at the choice of Kavanaugh and repeated interruptions by Democratic senators angry at the late disclosure of documents by the White House about the judge's track record.

Trump said he had been watching the hearings and thought the Democrats were "grasping at straws" in questioning the man he chose to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh said his opinion was based on Supreme Court precedent that indicated semi-automatic weapons are in common use.

Burck, a private attorney, is a Kavanaugh associate who works with the George W. Bush presidential library and is helping oversee the decisions about which documents from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's associate counsel should be given to Congress or made public.

But Roe and abortion rights are not an all-or-nothing proposition.

"If she had been an adult, she would have a right to obtain the abortion immediately".

Republican senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke positively about Kavanaugh but questioned the Trump administrations integrity. He explained in detail how Kavanaugh's nomination fits into the broader picture of conservative control over the Supreme Court and how Senate Republicans were complicit in delivering judicial ideologues like Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the precipice of the High Court, the job of a lifetime.

Kavanaugh defended his dissenting opinion past year in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody. He was interrupted by Sen.

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"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen. We'll see if lawmakers heed these women's warnings. He specified the case involved a minor, from another country, who did not speak English, in a US immigration facility, by herself. She's from another country. He argued that it would have taken time for her to speak with a potential sponsor. When asked to weigh in on President Trump's most recent tweet disavowing the indictments of two Congressmen who supported him, he said he needed to stay "three ZIP codes away from the line of current events or politics".

Blumenthal said Kavanaugh's noncommittal answer was disheartening.

Senators are especially likely to grill Kavanaugh on his dissent from a ruling by the D.C. Circuit last October that an undocumented immigrant teen was entitled to seek an abortion.

But aside from the unremarkable observation that Roe is an "important precedent", Judge Kavanaugh would only offer this: "I understand how passionately and deeply people feel about this issue", he said.

Kavanaugh declared he would be even-handed in his approach to the law.

The nominee pointed to precedent in the case, stating there was no precedent from the Supreme Court on "exact points".

Kavanaugh is intimately familiar with the issue of White House documents and judicial nominations.

Should he win confirmation, Kavanaugh would be Trump's second nominee on the nine-member bench, and could solidify a hard-right court majority and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation. "I did my level best in an emergency posture, I had basically two days to do this case".

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican, accused Democrats of participating in "mob rule", as Durbin proclaimed that the demonstrations were "the noise of democracy".

Hatch asked Kavanaugh about the Chevron doctrine, which takes its name from a 1980s Supreme Court decision that instructs federal courts to defer to a government agency's interpretation of ambiguous law.

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