"Kavanaugh was very, very cautious to walk through Roe v. Wade as he saw it as a precedent of the court". He questioned Kavanaugh about the matter in confirmation hearings in 2004, when Kavanaugh's nomination for the federal appeals court was stalled, and in 2006, when Kavanaugh won confirmation.
Kavanaugh maintained that he views Roe v. Wade, which legalized a woman's right to obtain an abortion, as an "important precedent" during his recent Senate hearing, including when he was asked directly about the 2003 email. It had been held by the committee as confidential. The document is partially redacted.
The California Democrat tweeted an edited video of Kavanaugh's response to Texas Sen.
Asked about the apparent contradiction Thursday, Kavanaugh noted that it is factually true that "all legal scholars" do not agree that Roe is the settled law of the land. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy".
Repercussions of the "Me Too" era made an appearance at Kavanaugh's hearing. Booker referred to his actions as an act of "civil disobedience" and said he was prepared to face punishment.
"In my view, the White House should not be involved in the SG's formulation of a position in the first instance, but rather only in approving or disapproving what the SG proposes", Kavanaugh wrote in a 2001 email. He said that decision becomes "precedent on precedent". However, Bill Burck, Bush's presidential records representative, later countered Booker's rule-breaking claim, saying the documents that Booker released were approved to be made public prior to Thursday's hearing.
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Similarly, Bob Bland, co-president of the Women's March, said, "We know Brett Kavanaugh is against abortion, and now we know he thinks birth control is abortion".
Not to mention, Brett Kavanaugh played dumb while being grilled by Kamala Harris, and didn't deny that he had spoke to the law firm founded by Trump's personal lawyer about the Mueller investigation.
"Have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation?" Harris isn't known to pull any punches, posing serious questions to the nominee during the hearing which began Tuesday. "And it seemed to me quite clearly it was", Kavanaugh said.
Protesters have repeatedly tried to interrupt the hearing, which has carried strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections.
Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh has repeatedly insisted that he fully embraces the importance of judicial independence. "I don't live in a bubble, I live in the real world".
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Lighthizer has referred to the exemptions as "cultural protectionism" as Canadian companies are free to buy USA media outlets. Canada's dairy industry insists it meets this country's World Trade Organization obligations. "It's coin-flip time.
The NAACP blasted Kavanaugh as "a unsafe ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court", and more than 100 other civil rights and human rights groups were opposing him, too.
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Some liberal activists go even further and say not only should he be blocked from confirmation, but he should be impeached and removed from his current seat as a judge on the circuit court in Washington, D.C.
Miranda, now a private attorney in Maryland, said he worked "closely" with Kavanaugh on the nominations and may have shared information that he learned from the Democratic files. He defended his dissenting opinion a year ago in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody. They did so by refusing to transport her to her appointment, even after she received the proper approval from a judge. It's just a question of finding the best time to make that clear.
A congressional report blamed Miranda and another staffer for viewing the documents.
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Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, likewise derided the Trump administration move. Bush, the United States did not ratify the Rome Treaty that established the ICC in 2002.