Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes

Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court “Handmaids” are protesting at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing
Kim Reese | 05 September, 2018, 17:38

Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"

A heckler interrupts the proceedings during the first day of hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in Washington, on September 4, 2018. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Instead, Grassley claimed the rule under which Blumenthal made his motion didn't apply to these proceedings and gaveled Democrats out of order.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, from left, Sen.

The Trump administration has refused to release thousands of documents about the conservative federal appeals court judge's work for President George W Bush.

"There's a 35-month black hole in your White House career where we've been denied access to any and all documents", Durbin said.

The man with the second-most interruptions, New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, also demanded more time to review the newly released documents.

Read the full report at Fox News. The Supreme Court will likely have to make key decisions on the extent of presidential power, with rulings surrounding pardon power, compliance with subpoenas, and presidential immunity.

But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous".

But Democrats are powerless to delay a vote on Kavanaugh since McConnell led Republicans, during the Gorsuch nomination, in eliminating the 60-vote filibuster threshold that had been in place for Supreme Court nominations.

Trump threatens to end NAFTA
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, reached out to former prime minister Brian Mulroney, centre, about the NAFTA negotiations. Trump is attempting to get a new NAFTA deal signed before current President Enrique Peña Nieto leaves office December 1.

Why is the nomination contentious?

He would replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who was appointed by Ronald Reagan but proved to be a staunch defender of abortion and gay rights.

Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate.

The obstructionist tactics, while will sure boost some lawmakers' reputations among the increasingly liberal base, may still backfire when it comes to the confirmation of Kavanaugh. So far, there are no signs of Republican defections. He cited Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan as insisting in their confirmation hearings that nominees can offer no forecasts or hints on how they might rule on a case. Both sides want activists to legislate for life from those spots, and both sides are willing to play hardball to win their voter-free elections in the form of confirmation votes. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1. -Conn., called for simply canceling the hearing.

In Kavanaugh's own statement at the end of more than seven hours of arguing, the federal appeals judge spoke repeatedly about the importance of an independent judiciary and the need to keep the court above partisan politics, common refrains among Supreme Court nominees that had added salience in the fraught political atmosphere of the moment.

A resident of the wealthy Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Mr Kavanaugh studied law at Yale.

Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale Law School, worked as a lawyer assisting special counsel Kenneth Starr, who recommended the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying about an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

"During your time in the White House, when you were staff secretary - some people regard it as kind of a monitor, monitoring things going in and going out".

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