Kavanaugh emphasizes judicial independence as second day of Supreme Court hearing begins

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Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL asked Kavanaugh if he would seek a delay in his hearing so the paper trail could be vetted.

Harris slammed Kavanaugh during a fiery exchange on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon, saying she was "concerned" the potential Justice would have greater loyalty to President Trump and the Republican Party than average Americans.

Democrats have raised objections to both Kavanaugh's record and his nomination process, which they say has been rushed and has lacked transparency. Kavanaugh also said that he had discussed the Mueller investigation with fellow judges and others, since it was "ongoing" and "in the news".

One by one, the protesters, many wearing T-shirts that say "I am what's at stake", interrupt the proceedings by shouting slogans like "You're making a mockery of democracy!" or "Senators: Do your jobs and stop this hearing!"

In an email on July 30, 2002, Miranda wrote Kavanaugh that he wanted to give him and another White House official "some info" related to an upcoming nomination hearing.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the high court-which already had a conservative majority-further to the right.

Leahy has repeatedly asked at prior confirmation hearings whether Kavanaugh received information that Miranda got from the Democratic files.

With Trump's presidency clouded by a widening probe into Russian election meddling, Kavanaugh declined to pledge to step aside from any cases that might come before the court involving Trump's conduct.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) noted that a case being argued tomorrow in a Texas court - one that could eventually reach the Supreme Court - questions whether the ACA should be declared unconstitutional. Kavanaugh has an extensive political background, including work for the President George W. Bush White House. The change could make the court more conservative on a range of issues.

"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said. Democrats aren't paranoid: Republicans really are afraid of a "smoking gun" in those papers.

Democrats have been under intense pressure from liberal voters to resist Trump, and many remain irate, even two years later, over the treatment of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, who was denied so much as a hearing last year by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Hatch asked Kavanaugh about the Chevron doctrine, which takes its name from a 1980s Supreme Court decision that instructs federal courts to defer to a government agency's interpretation of ambiguous law.

Kavanaugh said that the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide is "an important precedent of the Supreme Court that has been reaffirmed many times". Rather, taking advantage of the unprecedented process used by Republicans to rush this nomination through the Senate with just a fraction of the nominee's records, the White House is now asserting that it can withhold whatever documents it wants without formally invoking executive privilege.

A senior Republican aide confirmed that the committee can continue to meet with the Senate having adjourned.

As an example of precedent, he cited U.S. v Nixon, the Supreme Court's unanimous 1974 ruling that president Richard Nixon was required to comply with a subpoena seeking the Watergate tapes. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1.

"The president is subject to the laws". 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.