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Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

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.

Though Kavanaugh's nomination will appear on the Judiciary Committee's business meeting on Thursday, Democrats are expected to delay a vote until next week, likely on September 20. The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.

"I have concluded that Judge Kavanaugh will create a Supreme Court majority that will threaten women's reproductive rights, roll back essential environmental regulations, and favor large corporations over workers", Bennet wrote.

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., came to the third day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh armed with documents that he said would show that the longtime Republican staffer knowingly received stolen emails nearly two decades ago. Republicans hold only a slim 51-49 majority.

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. King said Kavanaugh would be a "far right" judge replacing a more centrist justice, Anthony Kennedy. He said his favorite writing from the Federalist papers is Federalist No. 69, in which Alexander Hamilton details how the U.S. presidency is not a monarchy, he showed that he can list every name and age of the players on the girls basketball team he coached, and more. 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.

During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material.

Many pro-abortion rights groups are sounding the alarm that Kavanaugh would be likely to overturn the 1973 landmark abortion case, Roe v. Wade, or approve restrictions that would significantly limit a woman's right to choose. Kavanaugh demurred at the time, saying, "I'm not sure I know everyone who works at that law firm".




Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about Trump or commit to stepping aside from any case about the Russian Federation investigation that might come to the Supreme Court.

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.

"If in fact (Kavanaugh) was not truthful, then obviously that would be a major problem for me", Collins said.

With special counsel Robert Mueller deep into his investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, committee Democrats expressed concerns throughout the weeklong hearing that Kavanaugh would side with Trump on questions such as whether a president can be forced to testify.

In a second day of testimony, Kavanaugh declined to comment on Trump's criticism of the judiciary or offer praise of the president's character.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement that Leahy's assertion shows "just how desperate he is to smear Judge Kavanaugh's stellar reputation". We had a good conversation about how he would be on the Supreme Court.

Lachance has asthma, and he said he is "concerned that the Supreme Court could make major decisions in the next few years that will cause air pollution in ME to increase if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed".

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