Thursday, 20 September, 2018

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NARAL volunteers write letters and postcards to senators and news outlets around the country protesting the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court View Slideshow
Ginger Lopez | 05 September, 2018, 13:43

Republican Senators fell in line behind Kavanaugh, but interestingly Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)-who is not seeking reelection and has been a critic of President Trump-seconded Democrats concerns about Trump's threats to the rule of law and democratic norms. The court begins its next term in October.

"Let alone a lifelong partisan Republican like Brett Kavanaugh".

"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.

Ahead of the release of an explosive new book about the White House from Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward, President Trump threw his staff under the bus, complaining that they did not tell him that Woodward had requested an interview.

Nonetheless, Democrats successfully delayed much of the hearing with long-winded speeches blasting Kavanaugh on the merits of his rulings, writings, and beliefs.

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

The Analysis: From the unrelenting protests to the fiery rhetoric from Democrats, this was widely seen as the most contentious Supreme Court hearing in recent memory. They took turns yelling as senators spoke, with one shouting, "This is a travesty of justice", while another shouted, "Our democracy is broken", and a third urging, "Vote no on Kavanaugh".

During his confirmation hearing for the appeals court in 2006, Kavanaugh assured Durbin that he had not been involved in White House discussions of torture or the treatment of enemy combatants.

"We should all be concerned about what it would mean for our country if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court", the email stated.

Abortion-rights activist Karen Nicholls confronts anti-abortion leader the Rev. Flip Benham in 2001 during protests by the two groups at a Wichita Kan. medical clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller who performed abortions
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Protesters began interrupting about an hour after chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled in the hearing.

Trump's first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017, 14 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy in President Barack Obama's a year ago in office. He would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his plans to retire earlier this summer.

He called the Supreme Court "the last line of defense for the separation of powers (in the U.S. government), and the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution".

She asked supporters to sign her petition to stop the Kavanaugh hearing until more documents could be released.

"You are the nominee of President Donald John Trump".

"Their motives are clear", said Sen.

Republicans, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are saying the number of records released in the Kavanaugh confirmation process already exceeds the number of records released for previous candidates for Supreme Court seats.

Kelly Jean Kelly wrote this story for VOA Learning English with reports from the Associated Press and VOA News.

They have been fiercely critical of the Trump administration for not providing sufficient documentation about Kavanaugh's time in Mr.




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