Republicans also previous year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first high-court nominee.
Ms. Feinstein, after receiving a note from her staff, hints that there’s something in Judge Kavanaugh’s White House records from the George W. Bush administration revelatory of his personal views.
But Klobuchar suggested his interpretation, which differed from the rest of his peers on the DC Circuit, who were appointed by both Democrats and Republicans, seemed to be a pattern with Kavanaugh, in which he used Supreme Court precedents selectively to arrive at a particular outcome.
The confirmation hearing for US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee quickly descended into chaos on Tuesday with Democrats demanding a postponement and protesters shouting loudly.
Should the confirmation hearing proceed to questioning, as scheduled on Wednesday, Democrats are expected to strongly press Kavanaugh on his position on abortion, and notably the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, as well as his endorsement of presidential immunity.
Grassley first asked for Kavanaugh’s general understanding of how judges should handle precedent (also known as the judicial doctrine of stare decisis).
Kavanaugh is a conservative judge – some scholars have argued he is one of the most conservative federal judges.
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.
“The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is”, Trump wrote on Twitter. The White House has said Kavanaugh “led the effort to rein in unaccountable independent agencies” and his rulings against environmental and consumer protection regulations.
According to Fox News, the hearing was interrupted 63 times before the group recessed for lunch and interruptions prolonged the commencement of the hearing by an hour and 15 minutes. Democrats have been particularly interested in whether documents would reveal more about whether Kavanaugh played a role in developing Bush’s policy on torture. In practice, a president’s Constitutional power to pardon is quite broad, but legal experts indicate that a presidential self-pardon would violate a Nixon-era legal principle.
While Kavanaugh’s record has antagonised conservatives at times, his position on executive authority may have endeared him to Trump.
Today we begin a hearing in which it is our duty to carry on the American constitution tradition that John Adams stood up for many years ago. Republicans accused Democrats of contempt of court and protesters of “mob rule”.
70 people-mostly women-were willing to stand up and be arrested for the opportunity to make their voices heard yesterday.
“Not if Brett can help it”, the first White House official responded. Just 11% of Democratic leaning women want Kavanaugh confirmed, versus 54% opposed. “What is wrong with our country?” said Sen.
“A special prosecutor should be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate”.