Kavanaugh defends his net neutrality dissent in Senate hearing

Gwen Vasquez
September 6, 2018

The email was obtained by The Associated Press as senators were launching a final round of questioning Thursday of President Donald Trump's nominee.

The 30-second spot features Kavanaugh "in his own words" and will air for two weeks across major cable networks including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, all of which have been broadcasting portions of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

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. Kavanaugh has an extensive political background, including work for the President George W. Bush White House.

Kavanaugh said in response to pointed questions by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii that women "need to know who they can call, when they can call". It was among emails deemed "committee confidential" and not made public, although it was unclear what it was about the memo that prevented its earlier release.

"Can I ask you how long you are going to say the same thing three or four times?" he asked Booker.

"Of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about", Kavanaugh said.

The controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh and his nomination to the Supreme Court - and the reason why Perabo and others were protesting - stems from the Trump Administration's lack of disclosure as to Kavanaugh's record in the White House.

It all might be moot, as the Judiciary Committee cleared the racial profiling document as part of 93 pages the committee officially released by the committee after the Booker-Cornyn exchange.

Kavanaugh signalled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe versus Wade Supreme Court ruling legalising abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.

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"We have discovered evidence", Leahy announced, "that Judge Kavanaugh misled the Senate during his 2004 and 2006 hearings. The court specifically went through all the factors in stare decisis in considering whether to overrule it", Judge Kavanaugh said about the Casey decision.

The 53-year-old conservative jurist was tapped by the president to succeed retiring justice Anthony Kennedy-often the swing vote in the country's highest court-in a lifetime appointment.

A Yale University graduate, in the 1990s he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh: I'm not, I don't think it's my role to say one way or another.

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Booker later challenged Cornyn to not be a "tempest in a tea pot" and "bring the charges" against him.

The judge left unanswered questions over how he would handle investigations of the executive branch and whether he would recuse himself if cases involving Trump under special counsel Robert Mueller's probe end up at the court.

Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate once Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator, is sworn in to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Journalist Bob Woodward's new book about Trump says Kavanaugh recommended Porter for the job.

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