Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he had no doubt "whatsoever" that Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hil on September 6. The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.

"Disrupting the hearings was a way for us to go directly into the homes of the American people to say, 'We will not be silenced and you need to be as outraged as we are, ' " said Linda Sarsour, a co-chair of the Women's March and one of the organizers of this week's protests.

Some liberals have expressed concern Kavanaugh could be a rubber stamp for Trump and protect him from lawsuits and investigations.

Harris and Kavanaugh crossed swords one day earlier when she cornered him on a question about whether he had spoken about the Russian Federation probe or Mueller with anyone at the law firm of Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. "I'm an independent judge".

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"Last time I checked, liberty didn't equate to abortion", Graham said. Senate Democrats, in the minority 51-49, hope to appeal to two Republican senators who support abortion rights to break from their party and vote against Kavanaugh.

In addition to the special counsel, Kavanaugh's views on executive authority were a constant focus throughout the hearings.

Kavanaugh had declined on Wednesday to answer whether a president would have to respond to a court's subpoena, saying he could be asked to rule on the matter.

Also on Friday, Kennebunk High School sophomore Hunter Lachance, 15, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Kavanaugh's stance on air quality.

Kamala Harris drew further scrutiny about 2020 over the past week as each had fiery exchanges with Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

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But Leahy said Kavanaugh was "not truthful."

The Archives has said its review of some 1 million pages of Kavanaugh records the committee requested will not be fully available until the end of October.

He emphasized his belief that Roe v. Wade was "an important precedent of the Supreme Court" that has "been reaffirmed many times". That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation.

The topics include his previous testimony from 2004 and 2006 about his involvement in judicial nominations, what he knew about controversial Bush-era programs and whether he received some documents apparently stolen in 2002 and 2003 from committee Democrats. REUTERS/Alex WroblewskiProtesters are detained by police during the third day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. The Supreme Court could weigh in on a number of potential scenarios that could play out in the Russian Federation probe or the obstruction of justice case involving Trump in the near term.

Kavanaugh was questioned by both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate about his thoughts on the issue, and he offered no indication that he thought the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the legal existence of abortion rights, should be overturned, . They then waited in line for 20 to 30 minutes within the hearing room. Dianne Feinstein of California, said scheduling the hearing before the documents are ready "is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts". Also, Republicans declassified the documents several hours before Booker released them.

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