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Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

The less said, the better. This is not to suggest Kavanaugh would be corruptly inclined to favor Trump, or even to say Trump named Kavanaugh precisely because of his views on presidential investigations.

"I completely broke down", she said, adding that her mother suffered a miscarriage a few days later.

The senators vetting nominees should be wary of taking endorsements like the one provided by Yale Law School at face value - ones that elevate prestige and abstract intellectualism over real-world considerations.

Kavanaugh's answer boils down to: It's too early to say, and it would compromise my independence if I tipped my hand. Patrick Leahy if 3D-printed guns could be banned. When Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT invited him to denounce Trump's criticism of federal judges, the nominee demurred.

"I was born at night but not last night", Leahy said, "and if I found I had something that somebody said "we've stolen this" or "don't tell anybody we have this" - I think it would raise a red flag".

He also told Democratic Sen.

"Can a sitting president be required to respond to a subpoena?" Sen.

Kavanaugh did paraphrase a significant statement in Kennedy's opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado ( this year ) that "the days of discriminating against gay and lesbian Americans, or treating gay and lesbian Americans as inferior in dignity and worth, are over". "In that case, they said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objected to". Edwin Meese, the former attorney general to President, said, "Democratic senators have the time and they have the material".

Judge Kavanaugh would replace the 81-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy, who in June abruptly announced his retirement, and who was seen as a swing voter on the bench - sometimes progressive, and sometimes conservative. Kagan's name escaped Kavanaugh's lips more than 40 times, most often to provide cover for his refusal to weigh in on issues that could come before the court. "So you know, we figured we'd give him a welcome here".

Sarsour said she was the first person to shout out on day one of the hearing. The Supreme Court could weigh in on a number of potential scenarios that could play out in the Russian Federation probe or the obstruction of justice case involving Trump in the near term. He repeated the "thumbs up or thumbs down" phrase several times throughout the hearings.

On Friday, Democratic witnesses expressed concern about Kavanaugh's record on a range of issues including affirmative action, the rights of people with disabilities, access to birth control and abortion.

The daughter of a cancer researcher from India and a Jamaican economics professor, Harris coolly interrupted the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman - a man 31 years her senior - to complain that thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's record had been provided to Democrats only hours before the hearing. Kavanaugh appeared puzzled. "I'm not thinking of any right now, senator", he said. Ted Cruz of Texas. But Trump's fellow Republicans maintain a narrow Senate majority and there are no signs of defections in their ranks, indicating Kavanaugh likely will be confirmed.

Protesters have repeatedly tried to interrupt the hearing, which has carried strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections.

Football, baseball, basketball, hockey and lacrosse all got mentions from the sports-crazed Kavanaugh, who even identified the seats he and his father had at professional football games in Washington. Kavanaugh's full sentence, which would have only required one or two extra seconds had Harris' team started at the beginning, made it clear he was summarizing what a party in a Supreme Court case said.

But the sports references didn't stop there. There is no constitutional rule that declares a senator must vote for every qualified Supreme Court nominee. That image stood in contrast to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' more stinging description of the court as "nine scorpions in a bottle".

"I think you and your co-conspirators hurt my country", Sen.

On this, Tillis defended the nominee, saying he should not have to answer hypothetical questions. Or he could have said, as he did in response to a question about how his personal religious beliefs might impact his work, say that his private beliefs "have no relevance to my judging".