Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Day 3 of Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings

Day 3 of Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate", Mr. Cornyn said. And I hope the senator will reconsider his decision because no senator deserves to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate in my view if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate and determinations of confidentiality and classification.

"I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate ..." Cory Booker, D-N.J., deliberately violated rules against releasing protected information - risking, in his own estimation, the loss of his position.

Booker's fellow Democrats expressed support.

"You say that words matter", Durbin scolded him. "I don't recall any inappropriate conversations about the investigation", he said. And let's just into this together. "This partisan operative, following his involvement in this process, that I think, in my opinion, undermined the process". "So, if the two-hour rule is invoked nobody on this committee is going to have an opportunity to do what they want to do today", Sen. He isn't. He said he could be expelled from the Senate for his act of bravery.

In response to Booker's passionate appeal, Cornyn didn't pull any punches.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker focused on an email he said described Kavanaugh's views as a Bush White House aide on the use of "racial profiling" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda Islamist militant group.

Harris, who has been mentioned as a 2020 presidential contender, returned to questioning Kavanaugh, asking him again if he had a conversation with anyone about Mueller's investigation.

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Kavanaugh denied Thursday during his confirmation hearing that he made such a suggestion, saying that he was not discussing his views, but rather "what legal scholars might say". But perhaps the biggest challenge to his bid for confirmation as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court may lie in his views on the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationally.

"The point there is in the inferior court point", Kavanaugh wrote, responding to a draft op-ed that was circulated for edits between lawmakers and White House staff.

On abortion, Kavanaugh noted that Roe has been affirmed "many times".

The article contained a blanket statement about the abortion rights decision that Kavanaugh, who faced his third day of grilling at a confirmation hearing Thursday, took exception to.

The tone is different from Kavanaugh's remarks stressing how hard it is to overturn precedent like Roe during confirmation hearings, which opened for a third day Thursday with angry complaints and finger-pointing among senators over the unusual vetting process for the judge. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.): "So you're saying 'no, ' you've had no discussion, you haven't talked to anyone in the White House about Robert Mueller or the special counsel investigation?" "I've never given anyone any hints, forecasts, previews, winks, nothing about my view as a judge or how I would rule as a judge or anything related to that", he said.

In a heated exchange Thursday morning, Democratic Sen.

After answering "with other judges I know", Kavanaugh was asked if he had discussed the probe with anyone who works at Kasowitz Benson Torres, the NY law firm founded by President Donald Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz. To make her mark on the hearings, Harris demonstrated her past as a prosecutor, highlighting her ability to ask tough questions and make opponents squirm under pressure.

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