Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, sidesteps subpoena question

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks on the second day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks on the second day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

"It would be the unraveling of civil rights gains of the last 50 to 60 years", Johnson said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Healthcare was at the forefront during Tuesday's fractious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. One woman was led out shouting, "Sham president, sham justice".

Their pleas were rejected by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Read the full report at Fox News.

When Grassley pressed on, speaking over Harris, her objection was reinforced by interventions from other Democrats, in a choreographed show of dissent from Democrats under fierce pressure from their grassroots voters to disrupt Kavanaugh's likely confirmation. Richard J. Durbin of IL for their tepid efforts to thwart the nominee.

Kavanaugh mentioned the 1954 Brown ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal as examples of judges making tough calls despite intense partisan pressures.

"I think the first quality of a good judge in our constitutional system is independence", he added.

Afterward, Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh "pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away". Federal law allows workers to do just that, specifying that workers can engage in "concerted activities" for their "mutual aid and protection", recognizing strength in numbers.

He told the panel - amid raucous protests inside the room - that civility is important.

"Voters in West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Alabama care deeply about women having control over the bodies, protecting the health of their families, clean air and water, defending our democracy, and standing up to greedy billionaires and racist politicians who are using our differences to scare and distract us while they line their pockets", the letter reminds Schumer.

More news: No 'third country' can mar Iran-Pakistan ties: Zarif
More news: Toobin: Trump's Sessions Tweet 'May Be Impeachable Offense'
More news: Brazil's Lula da Silva barred from running for presidency

Asked about court precedents, the importance of previously settled cases including the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that ensures access to abortion, Kavanaugh said, "Respect for precedent is important". And that means he's been asked to answer for some of that White House's most controversial decisions - torture, detention, the Iraq War, Bush staffers who resigned over hacking of Senate Democrats' emails.

Kavanaugh responded that the question was a hypothetical one he "can't begin to answer in this context as a sitting judge and as a nominee to the Supreme Court".

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so.

Will any Republicans ask tough questions?

With majority Republicans appearing united, it's doubtful the hearings will affect the eventual confirmation of US President Donald Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh, 53, would replace retired swing-vote justice Anthony Kennedy, a move that could solidify a hard-right majority on the nine-member court and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation or more.

To shut the public out of the hearing room is only another barrier to the kind of transparency protestors and Democratic Senators alike are calling for.

Kavanaugh is expected to get questions on this later in Wednesday's hearing, and he knew it.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Democrats of trying to conduct the hearing by "mob rule". But to my colleagues what concerns me is that during this critical juncture in history, the president has handpicked a nominee to the court with the most expansive view of presidential power possible. In the years since, conservative legal activists have vowed to appoint judges whose votes on the matter could firmly be predicted, a mission that fell in part to Judge Kavanaugh when he was an associate counsel to President George W. Bush.

Recommended News

  • James Conner appears to be Steelers’ starting RB for Week 1

    James Conner appears to be Steelers’ starting RB for Week 1

    Bell has not signed his $14.5 million franchise tender and can not play until he does so. We are playing a really good Steelers offense, a really good Steelers team.
    Senator McCain dies after battle with cancer

    Senator McCain dies after battle with cancer

    Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend. He instead tweeted a short message offering his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the McCain family.
    Hamilton wins after Vettel spins at Italian GP

    Hamilton wins after Vettel spins at Italian GP

    Hamilton's overtaking move on Vettel was investigated by the stewards but they took no action, deeming it a racing incident. However, he said that he's "not too worried" about the championship situation.
  • Chaos at start of Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing

    Chaos at start of Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing

    Obviously, they do not have the votes to block this nominee but they're putting up one hell of a fight. That court is believed to be the second most important court in the country, after the Supreme Court.
    Fuel prices hit all-time high, petrol Rs 86.56 per litre in Mumbai

    Fuel prices hit all-time high, petrol Rs 86.56 per litre in Mumbai

    Fuel prices will be rising once more this morning, with the price of diesel suffering its biggest increase since May. The price of the fuel rose by the same amount in Delhi to Rs 79.31, and in Kolkata it costs Rs 82.22 a litre.
    Sony Xperia XZ3 LEAKS In Pictures Ahead Of Launch

    Sony Xperia XZ3 LEAKS In Pictures Ahead Of Launch

    If there's one thing Sony thinks will sell you on the Xperia XZ3 above all else, it's the new 6-inch, Quad HD+ HDR OLED display . You're going to need to keep a cloth handy to give the back of the XZ3 a wipe if you're the least bit troubled by smudges.
  • Federer Ruthless In Open Rout Of Kyrgios

    Midway through the third set with the game tied at 3-3, Kyrgios thought he caught the 37-year-old out with a deft drop shot. At night, 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic easily beat No. 26 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in Ashe, while 2014 U.S.
    Pres. Trump Accuses Bruce, Nellie Ohr Of Colluding With Russia

    Pres. Trump Accuses Bruce, Nellie Ohr Of Colluding With Russia

    One of the meetings he recounted was a Washington breakfast attended by Steele, a Steele associate and Ohr. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
    Tropical Storm Florence developing in Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Florence developing in Atlantic

    Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily this Labor Day weekend for information regarding these tropical systems and your local forecasts . We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA , but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible.
  • Deadly typhoon is strongest to hit Japan since 1993

    Deadly typhoon is strongest to hit Japan since 1993

    Typhoon Jebi dragged the 292-foot-long (89m) Houunmaru from its anchored position at sea, and smashed it into a bridge near Osaka. The transport ministry said the airport has now closed all of its runways and shut down the facility at 3pm due to flooding.
    Samsung says it wishes to become first to release foldable smartphone

    Samsung says it wishes to become first to release foldable smartphone

    If you want to hook up your Galaxy Note9 to external peripherals, you can use Samsung DeX to power a virtualized desktop. Both members of the test ceased to be workable by the time reached the critical mark of 54.5 degrees Celsius.
    Chinese billionaire arrested in Minneapolis

    Chinese billionaire arrested in Minneapolis

    Liu, who is worth an estimated $7.3 billion, owns 16 percent of the company and has vast control over major business decisions. JD.com, which stands for Jingdong, is the rival of the popular Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba Group led by CEO Daniel Zhang.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.