Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bennet announces opposition to SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Bennet announces opposition to SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Michael Bennet says he'll vote against Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

SHAPIRO: So when you look at this week of hearings overall, what are some things that jump out to you?

Hopefully, by the time the Trump presidency ends the Supreme Court will be is stacked with seven originalists who will put the Supreme Court out of reach of the left for a generation, significantly diminishing the administrative state.

Kavanaugh completed two days of lengthy questioning by senators on Thursday night, keeping his composure under intense questioning by Democrats.

PATRICK LEAHY: Trump claims he has an absolute right to pardon himself.

Guttenberg extended his hand Kavanaugh, but the judge did not. It's a question that I have not written about. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh has repeatedly insisted he fully embraces the importance of judicial independence. "We are all equal", he said.

Booker declared his intent to "knowingly violate" the rules, considering it an act of "civil disobedience", as the third day of confirmation hearings opened Thursday.

He said the Supreme Court's ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey was "precedent on precedent".

The president's first appointee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, previous year told senators Trump's remarks on the judiciary were "disheartening" and "demoralising".

The bedlam is unlikely to change any votes in the Senate. Kavanaugh answered, "I'm not - I'm not - I'm not thinking of any right now, senator".

KAVANAUGH: It's important as a matter of independence as reflected in the nominee precedent not to give a forecast or hint about that.

He said he regularly serves meals with Catholic Charities' St. Maria's Meals program in Washington and that talking to the people there helps him to understand the situation that they are in. The documents had been unethically obtained and circulated by a Republican Senate aide. Charles Grassley, R-Ill., and release the 141,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's record that are not permitted for public release or discussion without being cleared by committee staff. One of the documents, for instance, related to abortion.

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the committee that Kavanaugh's approach to the law would endanger voting rights, affirmative action, abortion access, criminal law and health care. Richard Blumenthal said Kavanaugh's view on what gun control is permissible "is out of touch with reality". They don't all agree. "I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters, you don't even know which side the protesters were on". The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.

Sens. Joe Donnelly in IN or Claire McCaskill in Missouri may benefit from a court battle that energizes the Democratic base.

Kavanaugh appears on track to win confirmation. However, with the GOP's razor-thin Senate majority, he will need to earn support from all Republicans - including Sens.

TOTENBERG: Largely by treading water nicely.

The group said it would file a similar complaint with the clerk for D.C. Circuit Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland, whom former President Barack Obama nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016 to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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