Kavanaugh Defends Judicial Record As Democrats Seek Answers On Hot-Button Issues

Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh responds to questions during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

In past comments, Kavanaugh has supported an expansion of presidential immunity from prosecution - a dramatic shift from his recommendation for strong action against then-president Bill Clinton when Kavanaugh assisted in a 1990s investigation against him. Should a single Republican oppose Kavanaugh, it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, although there has been little sign that any GOP senator was prepared to buck the president. Specifically, the court in its decision said the agency had the authority to reclassify internet services as a so-called Title II service under the Communications Act.

"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.

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.

"I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us", the senator said. Kavanaugh has an extensive political background, including work for the President George W. Bush White House.

Republicans also past 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 Trump's first high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Democrats say they have considerable misgivings about Kavanaugh's pledge to be nonpartisan, saying he has a history of conservative political activism.

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Senator Ben Sasse used his time to say how much he was exhausted of the theatrics and "patently absurd" criticisms that had been lobbed at Kavanaugh that he claimed were not based on truth or even anything to do with the nominee but rooted in misdirected political fervor. It's also believed that Kavanaugh will likely overturn Roe V. Wade, the legal precedent that has ensured access to abortion for women across the United States at a federal level.

However, Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, immediately spoke in solidarity with Booker.

"Under our system of government, the Executive Branch is subject to the law, subject to the court system, and that's an important part of Federalist 69, it's an important part of the constitutional structure, in general so too we, as judges, are separate from the Congress".

Democrats have protested that the Republican majority has refused to publicly release emails and other documents, while the White House has declined to release more than 100,000 pages from Kavanaugh's tenure during the Bush administration.

He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing a teenage unauthorised immigrant to get an abortion. "I completely agree with you".

The session Wednesday morning has been repeatedly interrupted by protesters in a repeat of Tuesday's hearing. "Before this day is over members will have the documents they need to ask the questions".

Republicans hold a one-vote Senate majority.

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