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Kavanaugh defends his net neutrality dissent in Senate hearing Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh vows independence, sidesteps questions
Derrick Tucker | 06 September, 2018, 21:10

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey released a committee confidential document during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

On the second day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, lawmakers took their first opportunity to grill him over the administration's withholding of documents from his time in the Bush White House, gun legislation, and whether a sitting president can be compelled to respond to a subpoena.

The third day of the confirmation hearing of the conservative federal appeals court judge selected by Trump for a lifetime post on the high court again was repeatedly interrupted by protesters hostile to Kavanaugh.

Booker later challenged Cornyn to not be a "tempest in a tea pot" and "bring the charges" against him.

"He's right. Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or the confidentiality of the documents we are privy to", Cornyn shot back.

Booker's fellow Democrats on the committee immediately jumped to his defense, as did Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "But on major questions of major economic or social significance, we expect Congress to speak clearly before such delegation, and that's what had not happened, in my view, with respect on net neutrality and I felt bound by precedent". "I'm sure you can understand, sir, how it puts all of us in a very hard situation when it's not you.it's somebody you have to go - then go back to a person named Bill Burck to decide if some document - who is an associate, who is an associate and colleague of the nominee - to figure out which documents are going to be released".

Cornyn said Booker's possible 2020 presidential aspirations were his motivation for releasing the document, adding that no senator deserved to sit on the committee if they wanted to be a law unto themselves. Cory Booker releasing confidential documents to the public in a knowing violation of Senate rules.

Republican Senator John Cornyn branded the chaos "mob rule". Kavanaugh said maintaining judicial independence "requires me to avoid commenting on current events".

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I don't want to change myself too much, but I could definitely take way things he does in certain situations. Serena Williams' yells of "Come on!" crescendoed right along with the tension in a fourth-round U.S.

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Booker was supported by Democratic Sens. Behind the scenes for weeks, they and their aides argued that Republicans were trying to rush through Kavanaugh's nomination and hide something from his past that could jeopardize his chances.

When asked about the email Thursday, Kavanaugh said he recommended the edit to the op-ed because he didn't think the draft accurately reflect the view of all legal scholars.

Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion ruling, was an early line of questioning.

Kavanaugh, who has written hundreds of opinions as an appeals court judge, defended those decisions, but generally avoided saying how he would rule in cases that might come before the Supreme Court.

"We see on an all too common basis that racism still exists in the United States of America", Kavanaugh said. The words "Committee Confidential" are stamped diagonally across each page.

Before going further, it's worth explaining that the document in question was already in the public sphere.

Pressured by Democrats with Trump on their minds during Wednesday's grueling session, the judge insisted that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence. Over the first two days of Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, dozens of women supporting abortion rights have shouted their opposition to him in the hearing room, with security officials promptly ejecting them and charging them with disorderly conduct.

In a footnote to a 2009 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that "a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a President can be criminally indicted and tried while in office".

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