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Democrats Ramp Up Attacks on Kavanaugh's Honesty After Hearings

Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

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

Booker tweeted that the entire nominating process was a "sham", and claimed he was running the risk of being expelled from the Senate for breaking its rules by posting the Bush-era documents, which included Kavanaugh's thoughts on racial profiling in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks and his assessment of the Supreme Court's views on Roe v. Wade.

Bennet, a Democrat and Colorado's senior senator, released a statement via Twitter on Tuesday morning saying the nominee will threaten women's right to abortions and make decisions that would end up causing harm to the environment. Republicans hold only a slim 51-49 majority.

Leahy then reiterated the need to have more of Kavanaugh's White House records available before a vote confirming the nominee and asked the nominee if additional emails from the Republican operative would be found in unreleased documents.

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

She said that because Kavanaugh lied about the stolen material three times under oath, he should be rejected for the Supreme Court and removed from his current bench.

"We're moving right along", McConnell said during a radio interview in Kentucky ahead of the announcement. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared on his way to becoming the court's 114th justice.

"But with a president who seems to want to overreach in terms of his power, Kavanaugh, of the list of 25, was the one who is most willing to allow a president to overreach", Schumer told Catsimatidis. Under questioning by Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, New York University School of Law professor Melissa Murray said that even if he does not back overturning Roe, if Kavanaugh joins fellow conservatives on the high court in upholding a succession of restrictive state laws it could mean "death by a thousand cuts" to a woman's right to an abortion. Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, also worked in the administration of former President George W. Bush, where he served in the White House Counsel's Office and as Bush's staff secretary. Kavanaugh said he hadn't.

King said he also objects to Kavanaugh's "expansive" view of the power of the executive branch, while having a much more narrow interpretation of the rights of private citizens.

"Kavanaugh was very, very cautious to walk through Roe v. Wade as he saw it as a precedent of the court".

Kavanaugh demurred on the issue: "If I committed to deciding a particular case. all I would be doing is demonstrating that I don't have the independence of the judiciary".

The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen.

Lachance said Kavanaugh's record on environmental protections is worrisome. "With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process", said White House spokesman Raj Shah.

Leahy's charge stems from an infamous episode between 2001 and 2003 when a Republican counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Manuel Miranda, learned that Democrats on the panel had put documents on a computer server shared with Republicans.

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.