Sen. Collins Unfazed by Leaked Kavanaugh Email on Roe v. Wade

Sen. Collins Unfazed by Leaked Kavanaugh Email on Roe v. Wade

But their long-shot chances of defeating him appeared to be fading.

Booker had dramatically said he would "knowingly" violate Senate rules to release emails marked "committee confidential" that showed Kavanaugh discussing racial profiling as a White House lawyer in 2002.

"I think he made a very compelling case that he is one of the most qualified nominees, if not the most qualified, that we've seen for the Supreme Court of the United States, and I think I've seen 15 of them", said Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who oversaw the hearing and has served in the Senate since 1981. According to these documents, Kavanaugh said in 2003, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to [Roe v. Wade] as the settled law of the land", but he did not give his personal stance on the matter. The document was partially redacted. Our party controls neither the White House nor the Senate.

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Democrats on the committee pressed Kavanaugh on his opinion of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, as well as his view of presidential authority.

As for Judge Kavanaugh, he spent his last day in the hot seat answering numerous same questions as the day before and re-affirming to senators that he will be a fair justice on the Supreme Court.

So far, the 53-year-old judge has been able to stay on track toward confirmation in the Republican-held Senate, avoiding major pitfalls in hours of questioning before the Judiciary Committee.

He continued that "we must have justices on the Supreme Court who will save the affordable care act, safeguard pre-existing conditions, and protect our care".

Most Senate Democrats already declared their opposition to Kavanaugh prior to the hearings, and the confirmation vote is expected to be strictly partisan. In particular, Booker sought the release of a memo on racial profiling, one of thousands received by the committee, but labeled "Committee Confidential", which senators could review but not make public. Democrats and Booker responded, "Bring it on".

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Thursday morning, Booker followed through on his promise and released the four documents in question.

Mr. Booker quoted from the emails during his questioning of the judge.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), the number two Senate Republican, said on Thursday that Booker used his leaking of documents as a platform to help his potential 2020 presidential bid.

Sen. Booker leaked documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the White House in an attempt to reveal damaging information about the nominee.

The California Democrat, who's considering a presidential run, pressed Kavanaugh late Wednesday as the hearing wound down to tell her who, if anyone, he's spoken to at a law firm about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into contacts between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. That viewpoint has raised concerns among those who fear that issues related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation end up before the Supreme Court.

Late Wednesday evening, Kavanaugh seemed to stumble at first when questioned by Democrat Kamala Harris of California about whom he might have spoken with at a law firm concerning the investigation into Russian election meddling. While saying he didn't know everyone who worked at the Kasowitz firm, he added, "I don't recall any conversations of that kind", meaning conversations about Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"Have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about that investigation?"

Asked about it again Thursday by Hatch, Kavanaugh did not fully clear up the situation. "There's no hecklers' veto", he said.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

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