Piper Perabo Arrested at Brett Kavanaugh Senate Hearing

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This link, will get you an analysis by ScotusBlog of the case and Kavanaugh's unusual suggestion of what a president might do with a law that he viewed as unconstitutional, even though it had passed Congress and been signed by a previous president and upheld by the Supreme Court.

That would allow Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, to tee up votes on the floor confirming Kavanaugh during the last week of September.

Kavanaugh's comments will do little to pacify skeptics, who have cited his opposition to a court ruling a year ago that an undocumented immigrant teenager who was in government custody was entitled to seek an abortion. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen.

A man whose daughter died in the Stoneman Douglas shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing.

Instead, her stinging defeat almost two years ago has left her on the outside, where she's launched a series of tweets attacking President Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying he'll gut women's rights, workers' rights and health care.

Kavanaugh was already coming into this hearing with a hard task: convince Congress that he isn't a lackey Supreme Court pick for a president who has repeatedly flouted the rule of law.

More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority.

Klobuchar noted that Kavanaugh's explanation in his dissent that the court could distinguish between a "major" and "minor" question with respect to deferring to an expert agency when there was ambiguity in the law would be a "you-know-it-when-you-see-it" standard was the reason that the other judges didn't agree with Kavanaugh.

He also said 70 people in the audience were arrested.

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

Abortion-rights activist Karen Nicholls confronts anti-abortion leader the Rev. Flip Benham in 2001 during protests by the two groups at a Wichita Kan. medical clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller who performed abortions
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Republican senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke positively about Kavanaugh but questioned the Trump administrations integrity.

On Wednesday, Durbin challenged Kavanaugh on the grounds that the girl had satisfied all of Texas's prerequisites to obtaining an abortion, including an ultrasound and securing a judicial bypass to parental consent requirements.

One of several Democrats who could potentially vote for Kavanaugh, Sen. The 76-year-old has been one of the Supreme Court nominee's champions, working to guide his nomination through the Senate.

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution".

Democrats have mobilised heavily to prevent his confirmation.

On abortion, Mr Kavanaugh said he understood people's strong feelings and he described Roe v Wade as "an important precedent of the Supreme Court that has been reaffirmed many times". The court begins its next term in October.

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

Most of us know that in 1973, the Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that states can not ban abortion before a certain point in pregnancy because doing so would violate a woman's constitutional right to liberty and privacy. He set out right away to buffer himself by asserting he believes a good judge is independent of political pressure: "If you walk into my courtroom and you have the better legal arguments, you will win", he said repeatedly.

"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", Kavanaugh said. Senators plan to begin questioning him Wednesday morning.

But in 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a law review article saying presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

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