But Dean predicted that with Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, it would be “the most presidential powers-friendly court in the modern era”. In what nearly seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh’s two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached. He called the scenario “deeply troubling”, adding that there is “much to fear from an unchecked president who is inclined to abuse his powers”. Nixon resigned in 1974.
Dean was charged with obstruction of justice for his role in the Watergate coverup and spent four months in prison.
Responding to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, Kavanaugh mentioned the importance of lawyers pushing back against a president.
“I guess”, Sen. Booker continued, “you’re not willing to tell me whether you, personally, morally, think that that’s right or wrong”. John Cornyn, R-Texas., on Thursday.
The memo, marked ‘Committee Confidential, ‘ was leaked to the New York Times.
With Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election ongoing, Democrats have spent part of Kavanaugh’s hearing trying to get his views on presidential power, including whether a president can be forced to testify in a criminal investigation or pardon himself. “All of them to try with spar with him, I don’t think any of them came out on top”, he said.
Beddard, a graduate student, said that she was drawn to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination due to his stance on Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
His comment was an edit for a draft of an op-ed which said that all legal scholars consider Roe v. Wade the “settled law of the land”.
“Kavanaugh was very, very cautious to walk through Roe v. Wade as he saw it as a precedent of the court”.
“It all seemed consistent with the usual kinds of discussions that happen and sometimes people do say things of ‘here’s what my boss is thinking, but don’t share it around, ‘” Kavanaugh said.
A couple of years later, Kavanaugh doubled-down by decidedly opposing affirmative action, the Wall Street Journal reminded readers on Tuesday.
Sen. Booker tried to give Kavanaugh the space to answer the question, which the judge clearly had not done with his seemingly-rehearsed first response. Calling her mom to say her final goodbyes.
“My independence, I believe, has been demonstrated by my 12-year record”, Kavanaugh said.
Yale law school professor Akhil Reed Amar, a liberal testifying in support of Kavanaugh, had a message for Democratic senators: “Don’t be mad”. “You’ve probably been told you have the votes to be confirmed so you don’t have to care, but I care”.
White House spokesman Raj Shah offered an alternative version of the event, tweeting that “an unidentified individual” approached Kavanaugh and before the judge was “able to shake his hand, security had intervened”. During campaign stops for GOP candidates challenging Senate Democrats this fall in Montana and North Dakota, states where Trump remains popular, he ridiculed Democrats as “making fools out of themselves”.
“Senate Democrats are not happy about this fact and they did everything they could to stop Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process this week”, he said. Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, leaves the Senate Judiciary Committee room for a short break on the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6.