What Kavanaugh said about abortion, guns and presidential pardons

What Kavanaugh said about abortion, guns and presidential pardons

A protester is removed during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

If confirmed by a Senate controlled narrowly by Trump's fellow Republicans, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court - which already had a conservative majority - further to the right. At age 53, Kavanaugh could serve on the court for decades. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) at one point Wednesday.

Senate Republicans are rushing through this confirmation hearing in a way that does not seem befitting the importance of the position.

Democrats have raised concerns that if the special counsel investigation were to make its way to the supreme court, Kavanaugh could not be impartial toward the president who appointed him.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight to block Kavanaugh's nomination.

This non-answer comes after Kavanaugh refused to say whether a president is legally obligated to respond to a subpoena. "If we can't even have a nominee who can publicly say there is no right for 7.2 billion people to break into the world and demand an abortion - putting Roe aside - i dont [sic] know the goal of us engaging in this business", he said.

Today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh explained in detail his legal reasoning in the one case in his record directly intersecting with abortion law, in response to questioning from Sen.

Kavanaugh was grilled on issues like abortion and guns on Wednesday.

Kavanaugh declined to comment on how he would approach a challenge to a part of the Obamacare health law that bars insurers from declining coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, The issue is the subject of a lawsuit pending in Texas.

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that USA v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called US v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history". Now, for the first time ever, a sitting President is blocking the release of documents during a Supreme Court nomination without even asserting executive privilege.

It may be that Democrats are barking up the wrong tree in more ways than one with Kavanaugh.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. Kavanaugh said such guns are covered by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms. The Supreme Court's new term begins October 1.

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), read those tweets out loud during Tuesday's opening statements and warned Kavanaugh he'd be asked about them.

"Now, some have a very different view of what a judge's role should be", Grassley added, a view that "judges should decide cases based on a particular outcome in order to advance their politics".

"If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a supreme court justice, will he help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America?"

Kavanaugh had stressed his adherence to this principle at the beginning of the hearing, arguing the standard was key to preserving his judicial independence should he be confirmed, and reiterated those sentiments to Feinstein.

For instance, the Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Johnson v. U.S., a case about whether police can use a routine, minor traffic violation to justify the seizure of a vehicle and its passengers in the hopes of finding evidence of other crimes.

Kavanaugh said: "The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed".

Sasse then used a hypothetical president from the "purple" party that gets drunk and hits someone with their vehicle to press Kavanaugh if he thought that hypothetical president would be "immune" from being sued or charged with a crime.

Asked why Democrats shouldn't have a chance to thoroughly review and vet those documents, Grassley said "because it's irrelevant to his being a judge".

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