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Susan Collins mailed 3,000 coat hangers by Brett Kavanaugh foes

Susan Collins mailed 3,000 coat hangers by Brett Kavanaugh foes

The hearings were routinely interrupted by protesters each day, while Democrats and Republicans on the committee fought with each other about procedure and transparency.

Miranda was a Republican Senate aide in the early 2000s, during the George W. Bush administration.

"I hope that 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 throws out the rules of the Senate and the determination of confidentiality and classification", said Cornyn.

"It means that the chairman is telling the American people that this hearing is barreling forward, no matter what, no matter how little information is available to the Senate and public or how many shortcuts the committee has to take", she said.

Crucially, that opinion seemed to be shared Thursday by ME pro-choice Republican Susan Collins, considered a key swing vote in Kavanaugh's potential confirmation.

Graves added: "Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn't have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance-which I personally find implausible-there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft".

Harris and Kavanaugh crossed swords one day earlier when she cornered him on a question about whether he had spoken about the Russian Federation probe or Mueller with anyone at the law firm of Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. "I'm an independent judge".

Collins, who is nominally pro-choice, said shortly before Kavanaugh's nomination that a Supreme Court nominee "who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me". Miranda said he may have shared stolen material with Kavanaugh, but never told him the material came from Democrats.

Leahy cited the "spying" email during the hearing, asking Kavanaugh, "None of this raised a red flag with you?"

On Tuesday, Kavanaugh got into a tense back-and-forth with California Sen.

Following Sen. Cory Booker's (D-NJ) release of documents on Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the start of confirmation hearings for the SCOTUS nominee, Sen.

Lachance said Kavanaugh's record on environmental protections is worrisome. They've paraded their personal legislative hobby horses before the cameras, suggesting that it's the role of a Supreme Court justice to craft legislation from the bench. "It was a very good meeting and I think he will make an incredible Supreme Court Justice". Gardner, a Republican, said Kavanaugh, "is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal court".

Democrats pressed Kavanaugh over several days on the issue of presidential power. Thanks to unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to hide large portions of Judge Kavanaugh's record and the nominee's unwillingness to answer basic questions before the Judiciary Committee, much of Judge Kavanaugh's record and judicial philosophy remain a mystery to the American people. Murkowski, who also supports abortion rights, is reviewing Kavanaugh and won't announce her vote before his nomination goes to the Senate floor.

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

Kavanaugh testified this week that Roe v. Wade is Supreme Court precedent but declined to say whether he believed the case was correctly decided.

Kavanaugh demurred on the issue: "If I committed to deciding a particular case. all I would be doing is demonstrating that I don't have the independence of the judiciary". They then waited in line for 20 to 30 minutes within the hearing room. King said Kavanaugh would be a "far right" judge replacing a more centrist justice, Anthony Kennedy.