Brett Kavanaugh on recusal questions related to Mueller, Russia probe

Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote as early as next week on Brett Kavanaugh - President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey - who along with Harris is a potential presidential candidate in 2020 - said he was willing to risk fallout over releasing confidential documents about Kavanaugh's views on race.

During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh was seen as evasive on the question of whether he would support a reversal of Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling protecting abortion rights.

Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading US professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating, the highest possible.

Much of Washington has spent the week focusing on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Sarsour said the arrests during the hearing showed the "level of dissent" over Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh, a conservative judge, for a lifetime Supreme Court seat.

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. One of those people I will be running against in two and a half years, I will be running against them and I look so forward to it because we'll be able to give it back. Democrats are charging that Kavanaugh lied about whether - while working for the Bush administration in 2003 - he handled the "vetting process" for another judge, appeals court Judge William Pryor. Collins later told Politico she would review the matter again over the weekend.

He said the Republicans had changed the rules so that a simple majority of 51 senators is sufficient to confirm Kavanaugh's appointment, instead of the 66 votes previously required. "If that's the case then, and it's not expressing his view, then I'm not sure what the point is".

Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked the judge Tuesday.

The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen.

"We should put these Democratic Senators under oath, because they are the ones deliberately misleading the public", Shah said.

Over the course of the hearings, Booker took the unusual step of releasing documents before he said they were cleared, although Republicans disputed that they were not cleared and Texas GOP Sen.

In a July 28, 2002, email, Miranda wrote Kavanaugh that Leahy's staff has distributed a confidential letter to Democratic staffers, and then described the contents of the letter.

Another email chain included the subject line "spying". When he finished, the hearing room, which on dozens of occasions this week played host to loud and hostile anti-Kavanaugh protesters, broke out into applause.

"A religious drug treatment center should be no better - but also no worse - in the eyes of the government than a non-religious drug treatment center", Kavanaugh wrote, by way of arguing that the Constitution requires that faith-based organizations should not receive preferential treatment, but should still receive a "neutral" and fair shake.

There were "a lot of antics in the audience and some passion from various members of the Judiciary Committee but he kept his cool", McConnell added.

Each day, members of the public arrived by 7 a.m.to queue up for hearing tickets.

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