Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh vote as pressure grows

Lester Mason
September 14, 2018

Last week's combative Senate Judiciary Committee hearings over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh looked at times like a flash-forward to the racially infused politics that may increasingly consume the court, and the nation, through the 2020s.

The 53-year-old appellate judge stuck to a well-rehearsed script, avoiding any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his chances at confirmation. Some emails warned Kavanaugh not to distribute talking points from the Democrats on the committee. The Supreme court ruled in Chevron v. NRDC in 1984 that when a statute is ambiguous, courts should defer to reasonable interpretations of the statute by the federal agencies that apply the law.

Because Republicans went "nuclear" previous year to nix the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Kavanaugh will only need a simple majority to get confirmed. And it showed Kavanaugh editing someone else's op-ed piece while he was in the White House and correcting the author, who had opined that all constitutional scholars agree that Roe v. Wade is settled law.

The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe.

Two of the worst offenders were Democratic Sens.

"No senator deserves 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 and the determination of confidentiality and classification". The document was partially redacted. This timeline will likely set up a full Senate confirmation vote on Kavanaugh the week of September 24.

Adam White, who grew in Dubuque, spoke in favor of nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It's a question, therefore, that's a hypothetical question that I can't begin to answer in this context as a sitting judge and as a nominee. But under questioning by Durbin on the scope of presidential power in general, Kavanaugh underscored judicial authority.

Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading USA professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating.

A controversial Democratic PAC, the Democratic Coalition, claimed over the weekend it had filed a perjury "complaint" against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. When Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT invited him to denounce Trump's criticism of federal judges, the nominee demurred. Richard Blumenthal said Kavanaugh's view on what gun control is permissible "is out of touch with reality". They debated options, Schumer said, but decided on a strategy of staying in the room for questions, protest and disruption.

On a separate track, Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, met with Kavanaugh in July after he was nominated by Trump earlier that month.

"And so many documents have not been seen". Democrats and Booker responded, "Bring it on". Charles Grassley, R-Ill., and release the 141,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's record that are not permitted for public release or discussion without being cleared by committee staff. They were made available after 3 a.m. Thursday. "However, a newly released email dated July, 28, 2002 shows that he did indeed possess, use and have knowledge of those stolen emails", it explained.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in an email that Democrats were trying to smear Kavanaugh's reputation, later adding that outside experts had said the Democrats lacked proof of their allegations.

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