Susan Collins mailed 3,000 coat hangers by Brett Kavanaugh foes

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stressed on Thursday that he believes the judiciary has broad authority to check the power of the White House, but refused to criticize the man who selected him, President Donald Trump.

Democrats pressed Kavanaugh over several days on the issue of presidential power.

Schumer, who is a leader of Democrat's "resistance" to President Trump, is unlikely to approve a Supreme Court nominee from this president under any circumstances, but he told Catsimatidis his three criteria are excellence, moderation, and diversity - of which Kavanaugh falls short on the latter two, he said.

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.

The hearing ended on Friday after the committee heard from outside witnesses testifying for and against the nomination, with anti-Kavanaugh protesters again interrupting the proceedings. She implored senators at Friday's hearing to consider her story as they decide whether Kavanaugh is the person they want deciding gun control cases on the Supreme Court.

Some liberals have expressed concern Kavanaugh could be a rubber stamp for Trump and protect him from lawsuits and investigations. She cited the move by New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker on Thursday to release a memo on racial profiling drafted by Kavanaugh but labeled "Committee Confidential", meaning senators could review it but not make it public. "I'm an independent judge".

Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn't have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance - which I personally find implausible - there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft. And yet, as of press time, not a single Republican senator had so much as hinted that they would vote against his confirmation-and that includes Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, who have both said they support Roe v. Wade.

Kavanaugh had declined on Wednesday to answer whether a president would have to respond to a court's subpoena, saying he could be asked to rule on the matter.

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He was threatened with penalties last week, including possible expulsion from the Senate for breaking rules and questioning Kavanaugh about emails the nominee had written that had not been properly released.

Lachance said Kavanaugh's record on environmental protections is worrisome.

Susan Collins of ME, who as a pro-choice Republican is seen as a possible defector in the confirmation effort, said on Friday she had not yet made up her mind.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) questioned Kavanaugh Sept. 6 "is there anything in the Constitution about a right to abortion?"

He also repeated his refusal to comment on whether he would recuse himself if a case involving the Mueller investigation or other issues relating to Trump's conduct came before him.

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

It also aligns with the timeline for getting Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Judiciary Committee.

McConnell predicted that Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA judicial body, would be on the Supreme Court when it opens its new term on October 1. "In decisions concerning women's bodily autonomy and their exercise of certain constitutional rights, like the right to contraception and the right to an abortion, Judge Kavanaugh has ignored, distorted or undermined existing precedents". They then waited in line for 20 to 30 minutes within the hearing room.

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