Grassley: Kavanaugh Might Be ‘Most Qualified Nominee I Have Seen’

Rosemary Collier
September 6, 2018

We have previously expressed our concern that the Committee is receiving only a small fraction of Judge Kavanaugh's White House record, filtered through an opaque private review process being conducted by outside private lawyers rather than the nonpartisan National Archives.

"This is a travesty of justice!" shouted one. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declined to request Kavanaugh's staff secretary records, which cover a 35-month period of Kavanaugh's work that he has described as "among the most interesting and most formative" in his career. The Washington Post reports that the hearing, "quickly devolved into a political brawl... as Democrats loudly objected to the proceedings as rushed".

"Approximately 70 people were arrested yesterday".

Trump told reporters at the White House he was pleased with the hearing and said: "The other side is grasping at straws". Richard J. Durbin of IL for their tepid efforts to thwart the nominee.

"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen. In response to Grassley's first question, about what makes a good judge, he invoked his mother, herself a judge. "This seems to me to be an effort at guilt by association, which is not the way this committee should operate", Hatch said.

"They were ideas of Congress to consider, they were not my constitutional views", he said of the article.

"If that decision is made", Sekulow added. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge.

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Thomas' reaction to the lack of a resolution was clear in his post: "The disrespect has been noted and will not be forgotten". Cowboys officials said during training camp that they hadn't really had any talks with the Seahawks since the draft.

Kavanaugh said: "The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed". Durbin and other Democrats have said that they felt misled by Kavanaugh's denial and said they hoped that full disclosure of the documents would reveal more about his role. "Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women".

Kavanaugh also is likely to face questions about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing for the Supreme Court began Tuesday morning with plenty of partisan bickering but it was the lunch break exit by Kavanaugh that has some wondering whether he intentionally snubbed the handshake of Fred Guttenberg, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.

Will any Republicans ask tough questions?

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, if you're right under the law, you prevail", Kavanaugh said.

Despite the senator's criticism Tuesday, Republicans are unlikely to offer any tough opposition. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee. It is a distinct possibility that, if Kavanaugh were confirmed, he would encounter the exact situation Feinstein was asking about.

'The noise of democracy" or "mob rule'?

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Kyl has acted as a "sherpa" for Kavanaugh following his nomination and has helped to orchestrate his meetings with other senators. His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked whether a president could be criminally investigated or indicted.

But with Wednesday offering the first opportunity for lawmakers to question Kavanaugh, it is unclear what disruptions, if any, will emerge.

Is Kavanaugh expected to get through?

The BBC's Gary O'Donoghue, in Washington, says the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election has raised important constitutional questions about the extent to which an incumbent president can be forced to co-operate. It is likely that they will press the judge on his shifting views on the subject.

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution", he said holding up a tattered pocket-size copy of the document.

Meanwhile, Republicans pointed to the huge number of documents released, the most ever for a Supreme Court nominee, to make the case that the review of Kavanaugh is "the most thorough and transparent confirmation process in history".

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