REUTERS/Alex WroblewskiProtesters are removed during the fourth day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2018.
"But when it becomes all about the spectacle of Cory Booker, you think to yourself, 'I think I smell a phony here.' And that's what I think I smell here".
Hassan said Kavanaugh has promoted a judicial philosophy that diminishes the rights of women and people of color, favors corporations over people, and promotes a right-wing ideology.
The committee will recommend to the full Senate whether to confirm Kavanaugh to the high court.
In a 2003 email released on Thursday, Kavanaugh suggested striking a line from a draft opinion piece that had stated: "It is widely accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are the settled law of the land", saying that the Supreme Court could overturn it. "I am very concerned since learning Brett Kavanaugh's views on guns, and how he would strike down any assault weapons ban", she explained - an opinion no doubt informed by her close reading of his opinions on the matter as well as her knowledge of precedents on the Second Amendment.
"If in fact (Kavanaugh) was not truthful, then obviously that would be a major problem for me", Collins said. At the hearing, I think, on Tuesday, I think we had 60 or 70 people carried out as arrests during the hearing. But Democrats want access to more documents from Kavanaugh's past as a judge and as an official in the administration.
Cory Booker Says He’ll Violate Senate Rules to Release Kavanaugh Email
"If that's the case then, and it's not expressing his view, then I'm not sure what the point is", Collins continued.
Sen. Murkowski (R-AK), another pro-abortion Republican and a key vote in Kavanaugh's confirmation process, declined to comment on the email, but an aide told Politico that she will look at it over the weekend. He said his favorite writing from the Federalist papers is Federalist No. 69, in which Alexander Hamilton details how the USA presidency is not a monarchy, he showed that he can list every name and age of the players on the girls basketball team he coached, and more. Booker said he was willing to face possible punishment under Senate rules by releasing the documents himself, although Republicans said they had already agreed to release them.
Earlier Thursday, Sen. Booker, D-N.J., claimed he was taking a dramatic risk by publicizing emails from 2002 that he had said on Wednesday indicated that Kavanaugh was open to racial profiling.
The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen. The hearings, which began September 4, included several disruptions by protestors, seemingly political lines of questioning by senators, and even a cameo appearance by the youth basketball team he coaches.
"A religious drug treatment center should be no better - but also no worse - in the eyes of the government than a non-religious drug treatment center", Kavanaugh wrote, by way of arguing that the Constitution requires that faith-based organizations should not receive preferential treatment, but should still receive a "neutral" and fair shake.
That changed at this week's hearings, when the committee released a number of previously undisclosed emails that Leahy said raised new questions about Kavanaugh's knowledge that the documents were improperly taken. On Friday at 9:30 a.m., hearings will continue with a series of outside witnesses, including members of the nonpartisan American Bar Association, which recommended Kavanaugh as highly qualified.
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