Democrats pressed Kavanaugh over several days on the issue of presidential power. Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Thursday afternoon released a new batch of documents that appeared to be labeled "committee confidential", meaning they were cleared to be viewed only by the Senate Judiciary Committee, not the public. Both Booker and California Democratic Sen. Other Democrats joined Booker, saying they too would release documents. Though she has read or watched most of Kavanaugh's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, she has yet to review all of the material presented during the hearing.
He said that Booker - from his time in local New Jersey politics to his time as mayor of Newark - has always been a "showboat" who liked the spotlight.
Collins did have many positive remarks about Kavanaugh, including that she believes he would respect the precedent established by Roe v. Wade and earlier Supreme Court cases that ruled in favor of women's privacy.
Beddard, a graduate student, said that she was drawn to protest Kavanaugh's nomination due to his stance on Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Harris moved on quickly, peppering Kavanaugh with an aggressive series of rapid-fire questions on everything from gay marriage rights to separations of illegal immigrant families at the border.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced Friday that confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh would begin the day after Labor Day. One of those people I will be running against in two and a half years, I will be running against them and I look so forward to it because we'll be able to give it back.
He said the Republicans had changed the rules so that a simple majority of 51 senators is sufficient to confirm Kavanaugh's appointment, instead of the 66 votes previously required.
Leahy ended his 20 minutes of questioning by asking Kavanaugh about whether the second amendment leaves room for firearms created by a 3-D printer to be regulated or banned.
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GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said they are conducting the "most thorough vetting process for a nominee in the history of the Supreme Court".
In a July 28, 2002, email, Miranda wrote Kavanaugh that Leahy's staff has distributed a confidential letter to Democratic staffers, and then described the contents of the letter. But he acknowledged that administration officials would need to "grapple" with the viability of a potential interim solution that included race as a consideration, suggesting that until race-neutral policies could be effectively implemented, national security concerns in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks could demand another approach.
Kavanaugh denied having conversations about the special counsel with individuals at Kasowitz Benson Torres, and the firm also denied that anyone from their office spoke to him about it.
Despite the tense atmosphere, there were pointed moments of levity.
The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.
He was threatened with penalties last week, including possible expulsion from the Senate for breaking rules and questioning Kavanaugh about emails the nominee had written that had not been properly released.
Each day, members of the public arrived by 7 a.m.to queue up for hearing tickets.
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