Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Cory Booker releases confidential documents, GOP warns of consequences

Cory Booker releases confidential documents, GOP warns of consequences

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A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. Some of the documents were leaked to the New York Times on Wednesday evening, including one 2003 email in which Kavanaugh questioned whether Roe v. Wade was settled law of the land.

"I am concerned because there is evidence that Mr. Miranda provided you with materials that were stolen from me and that would contradict your prior testimony", Leahy said. A lawyer for Bush previously turned over thousands of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Republican-led panel deemed "committee confidential", meaning they could not be made public or discussed during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing this week.

"My process was fair, " Grassley said as he opened the session.

In the document mentioned by Booker, Kavanaugh said that although he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an "interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented".

Kavanaugh also doesn't seem to have changed many minds on the GOP-run Senate Judiciary Committee.

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"As a judge it is an important precedent of the Supreme Court", Kavanaugh replied.

Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance, and Republicans are united behind him, eager to add a conservative judge to the court.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California asked Kavanaugh late Wednesday if he had spoken about the Russian Federation investigation with anyone at the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump. Marc Kasowitz, one of the firm's partners, has long worked with Trump. He added that he would need to see a list of the firm's lawyers.

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

"No senator deserves to sit on this committee or serve in the Senate, in my view, if they decide to be a law unto themselves and willingly flout the rules of the Senate and the determination of confidentiality and classification".

The second day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings began much as the first with protesters often interrupting proceedings. We know it; the senators know it; the judicial nominees know it.

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Brett Kavanaugh is answering Democrats who fear he would not restrain President Donald Trump from the bench, saying the president can not overrule the courts.

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Kavanaugh said that all he had written back in the email was "who signed this?" - evidence, he said, that he believed the letter had been made public by the time it was in his possession. He also defended his dissent from a circuit court ruling that enabled a 17-year-old woman being held in an immigration detention center to end her pregnancy. Kavanaugh would have denied her immediate access to an abortion, even after she received permission from a Texas judge. "This is admittedly not my ideal of how a unitary executive should work, but it is the real world, and there is a very strong tradition in the Executive Branch-and in the Congress and media-that the SG is independent and should come to his or her own independent conclusions about the constitutionality of laws". No senator has been expelled from that body since 1862, and most of the 15 who have been expelled were ousted for expressing support for the Confederacy.

"But here's the thing, you had the full text of my letter in your inbox before anything had been said about it publicly". Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, he was unaware of the domestic violence allegations against Rob Porter, who was Trump's staff secretary. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to read a 2003 email in which Brett Kavanaugh says not all legal scholars refer to the abortion case Roe v. Wade as settled law. "So, I guess, the answer to that is yes", the Supreme Court nominee said.

Late Wednesday night, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to release of some of the Bush-era documents. Booker releasing the information was no different than releasing classified information, Cornyn said.

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