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73 arrested, charged amid protests at Kavanaugh hearings

06 September 2018

With the departure of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, abortion rights could hang on Kavanaugh's vote. Joe Donnelly, who is another endangered senator and voted past year to confirm Trump's other Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch.

TRT World's North America Correspondent Jon Brain reports from Washington.

Yet my own favorite moment was Judge Kavanaughs answer to a question from Senator Mike Lee of Utah.

On Wednesday, Durbin challenged Kavanaugh on the grounds that the girl had satisfied all of Texas's prerequisites to obtaining an abortion, including an ultrasound and securing a judicial bypass to parental consent requirements. For that, senators should rely on Kavanaugh's legal opinions, speeches and articles, Grassley says.

Booker says the email's subject is racial profiling and he wants it released publicly.

He told the Senate Judiciary Committee he considered it "settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court".

"No one has ever said, I don't think, that the president is immune from civil and criminal process".

Senator Ben Sasse used his time to say how much he was exhausted of the theatrics and "patently absurd" criticisms that had been lobbed at Kavanaugh that he claimed were not based on truth or even anything to do with the nominee but rooted in misdirected political fervor.

He also repeated that he was unaware of the sexual harassment claims that caused Alex Kozinski to retire a year ago as an appeals court judge. The email thread of January 3, 2002, began when Kavanaugh noted that he had been "blasted" for his effort to protect presidential records.

Kavanaugh said agencies can't use old laws to do a new thing.

"As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", replied Kavanaugh. "That's what I owe loyalty to".

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

The president's repeated efforts to undermine the Russian Federation investigation - and threats to dismiss the special counsel - have amplified the potential for the matter to eventually reach the courts.

Democrat Sen. from California Dianne Feinstein asked nominee Kavanaugh, "Do you agree with Justice O'Connor that a woman's right to control her reproductive life impacts her ability to, quote, participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation, end quote?"

Several of his remarks appeared aimed at assuaging Democratic concerns.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings began Tuesday and continued Wednesday but met with outbursts and disruptions, which have led to arrests of at least 70 protesters.

Republican Senator John Cornyn branded the chaos "mob rule".

Guttenberg wrote on Twitter the snub came as Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called for a half hour recess.

"If you love America, stop this travesty!" boomed one woman. Meanwhile, CNN reported that two Democratic Senators facing reelection in states where Trump won by double digits, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, said they have seen nothing disqualifying him from confirmation so far.

Feinstein's assertion that more people would die if Kavanaugh would be confirmed because of his pro-gun stance and his refusal to agree with her assault weapons ban is nothing shy of anti-gun rhetoric at its finest.

The group's restrained method was a sharp contrast to other scenes going on throughout the Senate side of Capitol Hill.

73 arrested, charged amid protests at Kavanaugh hearings