Judge Brett Kavanaugh sat through several days of hearings last week, during which senators on the Judiciary Committee probed his record and positions to determine his fitness to serve on the Supreme Court.
The hearings were routinely interrupted by protesters each day, while Democrats and Republicans on the committee fought with each other about procedure and transparency.
Kavanaugh did answer a lot of questions in a number of key areas, including abortion, gun rights, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
The makeup of support and opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the Senate appears to have held relatively steady throughout the marathon testimony.
WASHINGTON — The confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh were a long four days in which lawmakers grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the Supreme Court.
And while Kavanaugh’s judicial record was widely known beforehand, the hearings revealed new information and insight into how the final vote for his confirmation will fare in the coming weeks — and what Kavanaugh thinks about some key issues.
Kavanaugh, whose hearings were swarmed with protesters from various activist groups opposed to his nomination, revealed a trove of information about himself, while concealing just as much. He said his favorite writing from the Federalist papers is Federalist No. 69, in which Alexander Hamilton details how the US presidency is not a monarchy, he showed that he can list every name and age of the players on the girls basketball team he coached, and more.
On a policy level, which could provide key insights into how he might rule should he be confirmed to the highest court in the US, answers were mixed. While judges of Kavanaugh’s caliber often try to avoid revealing such positions, he had to answer questions from senators looking to understand a number of different areas. Here is what he said:
Kavanaugh hammered in the importance of precedent, which has been a major sticking point for Democrats looking to preserve abortion access and the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
A key point about Kavanaugh’s stances on abortion came on Thursday, when The New York Times revealed an email exchange from Kavanaugh’s tenure working for the George W. Bush administration.
In the email, Kavanaugh appears to balk at the suggestion that Roe is settled law.
“I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent,” Kavanaugh wrote in 2003, adding that at least three of the justices on the court at the time would hold that view.
But Kavanaugh tampered the email during an exchange with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, telling him that he was not asserting his own views, but that many legal scholars hold such a position on Roe.
“I think that’s what legal scholars have ― some ― some legal scholars have undoubtedly said things like that over time, but that ― that’s different from what I as a judge ― my position as a judge is that there’s 45 years of precedent …read more
Source:: Business Insider