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Can President Trump Pardon Himself? Brett Kavanaugh Won't Say

Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wear costumes from the show Can President Trump Pardon Himself? Brett Kavanaugh Won't Say
Kristine Garrett | 06 September, 2018, 19:41

The document is partially redacted.

But with Wednesday offering the first opportunity for lawmakers to question Kavanaugh, it is unclear what disruptions, if any, will emerge.

Kavanaugh had stressed his adherence to this principle at the beginning of the hearing, arguing the standard was key to preserving his judicial independence should he be confirmed, and reiterated those sentiments to Feinstein. Republicans counter that they have already received more than 400,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents.

"It's very common when you are in judicial selection process to determine what are all the senators interested in for an upcoming nominee or an upcoming hearing".

"I'm not sure I know everyone who works at that law firm", Kavanaugh replied.

Kavanaugh refused, as all other Supreme Court judges have before him, to answer hypothetical questions about impeachment.

Trump's SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanuagh's session was no different. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said to the judge. The firm in question was founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump.

"We are not supposed to be influenced by political pressure from the Executive or from the Congress". In two days of hearings on the Judiciary committee the Democrats have not laid a single glove on Brett Kavanaugh, There's been a lot of screaming; there's been a lot of protesting; there's been a lot of anger, and it's really a reflection of the incredible rage and fury we're seeing on the far-Left; and you're right: by all appearances these protests are closely coordinated with the Democratic senators.

Protesters have added to the challenges for the hearing, repeatedly interrupting proceedings.

But Kavanaugh stressed the importance of judicial independence.

Kavanaugh was also non-committal when asked about a President's pardon power and also asked about hot-button issues like abortion and gun control.

President Clinton was subpoenaed by independent counsel Kenneth Starr in 1998, and eventually agreed to testify voluntarily and the subpoena was withdrawn. "No one is above the law in our constitutional system", he said.

Democrats say they have considerable misgivings about Kavanaugh's pledge to be nonpartisan, saying he has a history of conservative political activism. Grassley, who struggled to maintain order but remained patient, countered that Kavanaugh, 53, has made more documents available for review than the five previous Supreme Court nominees combined. Richard Blumenthal noted that Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the DC Circuit, was not on Trump's list of Supreme Court candidates until November 2017, one month after his dissenting opinion in Garza v. Hargan. Republican, Democrat differences. But in the three-and-a-half years that I've been chairman of the committee, every bill that has come out of the Judiciary Committee has had bipartisan support. He again declined to say whether the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade, was correctly decided. He defended his dissenting opinion past year in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody.

Even as Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, for example, have not voted to overturn Roe, they have narrowly interpreted its breadth and declined to strike down tough state restrictions on abortion.

Leahy continued his line of questioning, referring to an email between Miranda and Kavanaugh from 2003 in which Miranda forwarded a draft letter from Leahy and other judiciary Democrats to then Majority Leader Sen.

"If Brett Kavanaugh truly believes the president isn't above the law, he should have said the president must comply with a subpoena". I appreciate what you've said about Native Hawaiians.

Senator Feinstein asked Kavanaugh why he dissented with his colleagues on the D.C. federal appeals court over a ruling where they upheld a ban on semi-automatic rifles. But Trump's fellow Republicans maintain a narrow Senate majority and there are no signs of defections in their ranks, indicating Kavanaugh likely will be confirmed.

By the time he released the documents, Republicans said they had, in fact, been cleared for release.

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