Women's March grew from a January 2017 demonstration that drew more than 500,000 people to Washington to oppose the Donald Trump's inauguration to the USA presidency. They've paraded their personal legislative hobby horses before the cameras, suggesting that it's the role of a Supreme Court justice to craft legislation from the bench.
The 53-year-old appellate judge stuck to a well-rehearsed script throughout his testimony, providing only glimpses of his judicial stances while avoiding any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his confirmation.
Law360, Washington (September 7, 2018, 7:09 PM EDT) - D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh moved closer Friday to being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court after legal experts argued for and against the longtime jurist at the close of an at-times rowdy weeklong hearing.
Hatch goes on in the statement to list five of the "most ludicrous" examples where "theatrics trumped truth" during the hearings, labeling one "I am Spartacus" and another "The Kasowitz Red Herring". The witnesses included Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for a pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed a year ago.
While she's never voted against a Supreme Court nominee, Collins has vowed to reject a candidate who's hostile to the Roe v. Wade ruling. The Women's March partnered with the Center for Popular Democracy to help coordinate interruptions during the hearing, and will assist demonstrators who are fined or arrested with legal and financial support, said Sarsour.
Testimony is expected from witnesses who will testify regarding Kavanaugh's fitness for the position. "You've probably been told you have the votes to be confirmed so you don't have to care, but I care".
The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House.
And nothing in this week's often partisan-squabbling, protest-interrupted spectacle has changed the likely outcome: a party-line vote in favor of Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court. Kavanaugh said that he has made clear that a court order "that requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something.is the final word in our system". He called the scenario "deeply troubling", adding that there is "much to fear from an unchecked president who is inclined to abuse his powers".
Trump, campaigning in Montana on Thursday night, sought to elevate Kavanaugh's confirmation as a political litmus test for voters, saying the judge deserves bipartisan support and criticizing the "anger and the meanness on the other side - it's sick".
Abortion rights advocates also sounded alarm bells Thursday, when Kavanaugh referred to some forms of birth control "as abortion-inducing drugs".
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. If they stick together, Republicans have the votes to confirm him without any Democratic support.
Grassley, R-Iowa, said there's "plenty of time" to review documents but now it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh. Democrats also squabbled with Republicans on the committee regarding the release of documents on Kavanaugh.
Sasse has been a long-time supporter of Trump's selection of Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice.
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Kavanaugh testified this week that Roe v. Wade is Supreme Court precedent but declined to say whether he believed the case was correctly decided. Kavanaugh could become the deciding vote on whether Trump can be indicted or forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. "So consistent with judicial independence principles, I shouldn't comment on a potential case like that", the judge said.
Even when the committee has received documents, many came with strict conditions on their use: More than 100,000 pages were designated for senators' eyes only.