As was widely expected, the issue of abortion loomed large during parts of the questioning, despite Kavanaugh's relative lack of a judicial track record, or even public statements, on the issue. 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.
Booker, who is considered a possible 2020 presidential contender, declared that he was having an "I am Spartacus" moment when his action was supported by his Democratic colleagues.
Kavanaugh said he would not answer because, in his view, it would jeopardize the independence of the judiciary.
"I think that's what legal scholars have ― some ― some legal scholars have undoubtedly said things like that over time, but that ― that's different from what I as a judge ― my position as a judge is that there's 45 years of precedent and there's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe", he said. All three elected officials said Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court could impact Americans on the issues of immigration, health care, civil rights, racial profiling and abortion.
And Sen. Ron Wyden of OR wrote that "Kavanaugh used stolen documents and LIED about it for personal gain".
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"And we have every confidence that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will very soon be Justice Brett Kavanaugh and take a seat on the Supreme Court". At the hearing, I think, on Tuesday, I think we had 60 or 70 people carried out as arrests during the hearing. Two potential swing votes, Republican Sens. A primary reason Democrats wanted access to all George W. Bush administration Kavanaugh documents was to find a smoking gun.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey asked Kavanaugh whether he would recuse himself from a case involving the special counsel Robert Mueller or the Russian Federation probe if the nation's high court takes up the matter.
Booker's threat to release the emails prompted committee chair John Cornyn of Texas to read a rule stating that Booker could be dismissed from the Senate if he did so.
Committee member Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, on his Twitter account, called the claims "outlandish" and linked to online debates that he said "debunked" each claim.
One of the 12-page email chains that Booker ultimately provided showed that, in 2002, Kavanaugh wrote that he "generally" favored racially neutral security measures in the long term.
Another email chain included the subject line "spying".
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. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Kavanaugh introduced several girls on a softball team he has coached through the years, rattling off their names and grade levels one by one. She and Republican Sen. The nominee, enduring back-to-back days of lengthy questioning, remained in good humor, making no gaffes that were likely to derail his confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, despite the efforts of Democrats opposed to him. But in many cases, Kavanaugh refused to answer hypothetical questions from Democrats on the panel, a common practice for judicial nominees.