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Kristine Garrett | 06 September, 2018, 03:55

But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself.

This non-answer comes after Kavanaugh refused to say whether a president is legally obligated to respond to a subpoena.

But asked later by the panel's top Democrat, Sen.

"So that's a hypothetical question about what would be an elaboration or difference from United States v. Nixon's precise holding, and I think going with the Justice Ginsburg principle - which is really not the Justice Ginsburg alone principle; it's everyone's principle on the current Supreme Court - and as a matter of the canons of judicial independence, I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", Kavanaugh said. The Supreme Court has never answered that question, and it is among the most important at Kavanaugh's hearing since Trump could face a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats and advocates fear the conservative appellate judge, who was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, will overturn Obamacare's pre-existing condition protections, taking the country back to a time when insurance companies could deny consumers coverage.

White House spokesman Raj Shah posted a video of the moment and said it "clearly shows security intervened" when Kavanaugh was approached by the "unidentified individual". Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Kavanaugh is expected to get questions on this later in Wednesday's hearing, and he knew it.

News photographers clicked pictures of Kavanaugh as he entered the hearing room.

Monday night, the committee received 42,000 pages of documents about Kavanaugh's years with the Bush administration, prompting complaints from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

Blaming President Trump and Judge Kavanaugh (of all people) for Parkland is completely illogical.

Many reports claimed that Judge Kavanaugh thought the president was above the law.

"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases. Kavanaugh said then that such guns were covered by the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms. He describes it as a precedent, one reaffirmed in large part by Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1991. 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. Kavanaugh had clerked for Kozinski in the early 1990s and considered the judge a friend and mentor.

Democrats and Republicans squabbled over documents withheld from the 53-year-old Washington D.C. native's years working for Republican causes. To me that means figuring out what your views are, judge, on whether a president is above the law.

"I think that all I can say, senator, is that was my view in 1998", Kavanaugh finally said. Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.

The paper trail from those jobs proved to be too voluminous for the Senate to pile through in the eight weeks since Kavanaugh's nomination. He said his views did shift after the September 11, 2001, attacks but his ideas about revisiting the special counsel law were merely suggestions. " ... So I proposed some ideas for Congress to consider". I was here all day and introduced by Senator Feinstein.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election".

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Democrats of trying to conduct the hearing by "mob rule".

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms".

He worked under special counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s. It is a distinct possibility that, if Kavanaugh were confirmed, he would encounter the exact situation Feinstein was asking about.

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. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while.

Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house.

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