Brett Kavanaugh Refuses to Say Whether Trump Can Pardon Himself

Brett Kavanaugh delivers remarks after United States President Trump announces his nomination to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House in Washington

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The Trump administration is also withholding more than 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's records from his tenure as legal counsel on the basis that disclosing the records would disrupt the functions or decision-making processes of the executive branch.

On Wednesday, Kavanaugh's said the message of the decision, which he called one of the greatest moments in USA judicial history, was clear.

Hey, remember when President Donald Trump said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself? Sen. "So sad to see!"

A protester is removed by Capitol police during the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's nomination will probably scrape by on a purely party-line vote, both in committee and possibly the full Senate, bearing out that this hearing is everything that has come to define politics in the Trump era. One woman was led out shouting, "Sham president, sham justice".

Meanwhile, Republicans remain hopeful they'll have him confirmed before the Supreme Court convenes on October 1.

"We can not possibly move forward".

Kavanaugh dodged Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's question about whether a sitting president can "be required to respond to a subpoena", a query that could come into play as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Grassley told her she was "out of order", but other Democrats chimed in to back up Harris, including Sen.

According to Fox News, the hearing was interrupted 63 times before the group recessed for lunch and interruptions prolonged the commencement of the hearing by an hour and 15 minutes.

Trump jumped into the fray late in the day, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, speaks with Sen.

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With impeachment on the minds of many Democrats, some have expressed concerns that Judge Kavanaugh would abuse his position on the Supreme Court to protect the president. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who moved to adjourn. Majority Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.

On the issue of gun rights, Senator Feinstein pressed Mr Kavanaugh on his previous opposition to a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

"If Brett Kavanaugh truly believes the president isn't above the law, he should have said the president must comply with a subpoena". They have accused Democrats of seeking to delay the hearing for purely political reasons. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while.

Republicans said Tuesday that their staff had enough time to review the documents, but Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

As you know, executive privilege has never before been invoked to block the release of presidential records to the Senate during a Supreme Court nomination. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years. "We need to pray for Judge Kavanaugh, his family, and this entire confirmation process", said Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. The Supreme Court's new term begins October 1.

"A good judge must be an umpire-a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy", Kavanaugh said in his opening statement at the tail end of the meeting.

"I revere the Constitution".

In 2005, 42 percent of Americans said the Supreme Court should make it harder to get an abortion while just 11 percent said it should make it easier. "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", Kavanaugh said.

Day two of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings began much as the first with protesters often interrupting proceedings.

Asked about court precedents, the importance of previously settled cases including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that ensures access to abortion, Kavanaugh said, "Respect for precedent is important".

He wrote: 'Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended.

They are also concerned about his argument in a 2009 legal article that a sitting president should be immune to prosecution.

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