Leahy says Kavanaugh was 'not truthful' about Democratic documents

Leahy says Kavanaugh was 'not truthful' about Democratic documents

However, Democrats are expected to use a committee rule to delay the vote until September 20 or 27.

Things got off to a tumultuous start Tuesday as angry Democrats tried unsuccessfully to postpone the hearings after the White House withheld more than 100,000 documents from Kavanaugh's work in the Bush administration.

"I have concluded that Judge Kavanaugh will create a Supreme Court majority that will threaten women's reproductive rights, roll back essential environmental regulations, and favor large corporations over workers", Bennet wrote.

With Republicans holding a slim 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, it appears unlikely that efforts to defeat the Kavanaugh nomination will succeed.

The White House, which is determined to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the November elections as Republicans aim to deliver on Trump's priorities, applauded the schedule announcement.

Susan Collins of ME, who as a pro-choice Republican is seen as a possible defector in the confirmation effort, said on Friday she had not yet made up her mind.

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

"The fundamental problem in this case is that these DOT regulations use a lot of legalisms and disguises to mask what in reality is a naked racial set-aside", Kavanaugh wrote, as part of his analysis that conservative members of the Supreme Court would "realize as much in short order and rule accordingly". "We are not engaging in some sort of charade; we believe this is a matter of life and death", Sarsour said.

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The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.

The four days of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh included noisy protests, partisan battles, and plenty of drama. "In decisions concerning women's bodily autonomy and their exercise of certain constitutional rights, like the right to contraception and the right to an abortion, Judge Kavanaugh has ignored, distorted or undermined existing precedents".

The documents show that on Christmas Eve 1998, Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close and suggesting they inform the attorney general that the findings against Clinton be left to the next president.

Klobuchar also pressed Kavanaugh on his view of executive power and whether the president is above the law.

"When a court order requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something under the Constitution or laws of the United States, under our constitutional system, that is the final word", Kavanaugh said.

"I've had no inappropriate discussions with anyone", Kavanaugh said. I care about the integrity of the Supreme Court.

But in a unusual twist, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said that the George W. Bush library and the Justice Department had cleared several of the documents for public release the previous night, suggesting that Booker, in fact, was not risking anything by going public with the documents.

Trump, campaigning in Fargo, North Dakota, said the Democrats had made fools of themselves and crowed that he was looking forward to running against "one of those people" in 2020. Another said "Senator Leahy's staff has distributed a confidential letter to Dem Counsel" and then described for Kavanaugh that precise confidential information we had gathered about a nominee Kavanaugh was boosting.

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