Sen. Mark Warner Will Vote Against Kavanaugh

Watters Calls Out Booker Over 'I Am Spartacus' Moment: 'I Think I Smell a Phony'

Watters Calls Out Booker Over 'I Am Spartacus' Moment: 'I Think I Smell a Phony'

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh this week, though Democrats may try to delay that vote.

Yale law school professor Akhil Reed Amar, a liberal testifying in support of Kavanaugh, had a message for Democratic senators: "Don't be mad".

The emails made public on Thursday dated from Kavanaugh's service in the White House under Republican President George W. Bush more than a decade ago. He again declined to say whether the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade, was correctly decided, though he indicated - as he also had on Wednesday - that it is a decision that merits respect as "an important precedent of the Supreme Court" that has been "reaffirmed many times".

Kavanaugh completed two days of lengthy questioning by senators on Thursday night, keeping his composure under intense questioning by Democrats and avoiding any stumbles that could have tripped up his confirmation.

Indeed, Vox spoke to four legal scholars; none agreed that Kavanaugh perjured himself.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that Judge Kavanaugh has misled the Senate Judiciary Committee in a number of ways", Schumer said in a series of tweets Sunday.

TOTENBERG: Well, I thought he emphasized the importance of the Supreme Court's past decisions a little more than Neil Gorsuch did at his confirmation hearing previous year. Kavanaugh, like previous nominees, declined to answer hypothetical questions that might come before him as a justice.

Leaders from the Women's March were among a broad coalition of organizations, including abortion rights groups, labor unions and advocates for gun control, behind this week's activism. And Kavanaugh said essentially to the author that that was an overstatement.

Fellow Democrats Menendez and Pallone praised Booker for his courage in demanding release of the documents.

One of the few times Kavanaugh seemed thrown, even momentarily, was when Harris, the California Democrat, found a new way to ask Kavanaugh about abortion.

"And so I am convinced by that and some of the other documents provided that Brett Kavanaugh lied repeatedly under oath to the United States Senate about these matters", she said.

Democratic senators expressed concern about what they saw as Kavanaugh's expansive view of president powers.

"In fact, we have said yes to every request by the senate democrats to make documents public". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., contended the system the Republican majority was using to categorize documents as committee confidential was no transparent and unfair.

Cornyn said he hoped Booker "will reconsider his decision, because no senator deserve to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate, in my view, if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate".

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

John Dean, the former White House counsel who was a key figure in the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation, told the committee Kavanaugh's past writings and remarks indicate his confirmation would create "the most pro-presidential powers Supreme Court in the modern era".

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.

On the schedule Friday are more than two dozen witnesses on both sides of the nomination fight.

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