Democratic Senators Send Fundraising Emails During Kavanaugh Hearing

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Roe and other Supreme Court decisions also protect the right to continue a pregnancy, meaning that the government can not coerce us into not having children through sterilization or other means.

Republican Senator John Cornyn likened the interruptions to "mob rule".

In another consequential exchange, Kavanaugh would not say if a president was legally obligated to comply with a subpoena.

If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.

Brett Kavanaugh was in no mood to meet a father whose kid was killed during the Parkland shooting - snubbing his handshake attempt during a SCOTUS confirmation hearing.

What were the protests about? Patrick Leahy of Vermont, who asked if he believed President Trump's assessment that he has an "absolute right to pardon himself".

Others claimed the judge would let people with pre-existing medical conditions be stripped of medical coverage.

The groups that sent the letter to the Senate's top Democrat are CREDO, Democracy for America, Indivisible, UltraViolet, 350.org, Color Of Change, DailyKos, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth, Justice Democrats, Social Security Works, #VOTEPROCHOICE, and Women's March. Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case".

Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, gaveled the committee to order.

WASHINGTON-In the opening minutes of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said that "no one is above the law" in response to questions about whether he would be too deferential to presidential power or to the president who nominated him.

Democrats accuse Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to the high court, Merrick Garland, in 2016, allowing Trump to fill a Supreme Court vacancy instead.

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing.


Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday she thinks the Kavanaugh hearing should be delayed until more documents are made available for review.

But the panel chairman refused to delay the process.

Below are four other important Supreme Court cases that concern core legal issues of liberty, equality, and the right to be secure in our bodies and our belongings.

More than a dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police.

The hearing has strong political overtones ahead of the November election, but Democrats lack the votes to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Why is the nomination contentious?

Kennedy retired at the end of July.

Feinstein asked Kavanaugh about his 2009 article that concluded sitting presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations.

When it was his turn, Kavanaugh told senators he would be "a neutral and impartial arbiter" if confirmed. There were no signs of Republican defections.

The National Archives is also preparing to release more than 1 million documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office.

Chief among them was his views on abortion amid concerns that Kavanaugh's confirmation will all but ensure an end to legal abortion across the USA, long a goal of ultra-conservatives. The court begins its next term in October. For more on the specifics of the hearing, read this great piece from Vox.

For more on the Senate Judiciary Committee proceedings, you can read Jessica Mason Pieklo's live-tweets here.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "So you can't give me an answer on whether a president has to respond to a subpoena from a court of law?"

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