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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.

On abortion, Kavanaugh noted that Roe has been affirmed "many times".

The left has questioned Kavanaugh's views on abortion and whether he'd protect a woman's right to choose as part of their campaign to block his nomination to the highest court. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other Judiciary Committee Dems - in theatrically inviting punishment for releasing previously withheld Kavanaugh docs - knew at the time that those documents had already been cleared by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to be made public. John Cornyn to snap, "Running for President is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of the confidentiality of the documents we are privy to". "This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured and killed because of it", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said. "We thank you for making our law review so famous over the last month or so", Klobuchar said.

Late Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, drew a rare partnership with Sen.

Republicans also have released some, but not all, of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office under Bush.

Kavanaugh at the time was involved in the judicial confirmation process for the White House, and on Wednesday Leahy zeroed in on testimony Kavanaugh later gave during his confirmation to a lower court judgeship. The email is not classified, but has been marked as "committee confidential".

A contentious day one confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court opening.

"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", he said.

Klobuchar also repeated her objections to hundreds of thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh that remain secret, including 100,000 documents the White House has declared off limits from the five years that Kavanaugh worked for President George W. Bush. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) followed Booker's lead, tweeting screenshots of an email thread from Kavanaugh regarding Native Hawaiian rights. But Trump's fellow Republicans maintain a narrow Senate majority and there are no signs of defections in their ranks, indicating Kavanaugh likely will be confirmed.

Booker said in the hearing that his attempts to question Kavanaugh on race were being thwarted by Republicans.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington says the emails "confirms our worst fears" about Kavanaugh.

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.

Senate Democrats have suggested that Kavanaugh could be biased in favor of the President.

The second day was equally contentious, however, one moment in particular was incredibly tense - and powerful when California Sen.

The session Wednesday morning has been repeatedly interrupted by protesters in a repeat of Tuesday's hearing.

Harris asked Kavanaugh: "Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that firm?"

On gun rights, Feinstein pressed Kavanaugh on his 2011 dissent in an appellate ruling upholding a District of Columbia gun law banning semi-automatic rifles.

Kavanaugh's questioning has carried strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections.

Leahy presented Kavanaugh with claims the judge made during the mid-2000s confirmation hearings about never receiving the stolen emails.

Kavanaugh: I think Congress has substantial power of course in this area that you're discussing and I would want to hear more about how Rice applies.


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