Hatch, Lee rip Democrats' 'theatrics,' predict Kavanaugh confirmation

Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

"It is becoming increasingly clear that Judge Kavanaugh has misled the Senate Judiciary Committee in a number of ways", Schumer said in a series of tweets Sunday.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has dealt what could be a fatal blow to the campaign against Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination, as the senator admitted she wasn't swayed by a leaked 2003 email in which Kavanaugh said Roe v. Wade wasn't "settled law".

The four days of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh included noisy protests, partisan battles, and plenty of drama.

"If in fact (Kavanaugh) was not truthful, then obviously that would be a major problem for me", Collins said.

Kavanaugh did answer a lot of questions in a number of key areas, including abortion, gun rights, and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Lachance said Kavanaugh's record on environmental protections is worrisome.

However, Democrats are expected to use a committee rule to delay the vote until September 20 or 27.

In refusing to engage on Trump, Kavanaugh declined even to condemn the president's persistent criticism of the federal judiciary. Earlier this week, he clarified testimony from his 2004 confirmation hearing involving a controversial judge he helped shepherd through the nomination process.

But in a odd twist, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said that the George W. Bush library and the Justice Department had cleared several of the documents for public release the previous night, suggesting that Booker, in fact, was not risking anything by going public with the documents.

It also aligns with the timeline for getting Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Judiciary Committee.

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That coming collision was vividly previewed during last week's hearings, particularly when Kavanaugh faced close questioning from Sens.

Miranda, now a private attorney in Maryland, said he worked "closely" with Kavanaugh on the nominations and may have shared information that he learned from the Democratic files.

"We're moving right along", McConnell said during a radio interview in Kentucky ahead of the announcement. "I asked him: please make it fast. There was never anything like that", Miranda said.

"I don't know that the committee should have to put up with the type of insolence", Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican committee member, said on Tuesday morning. Some of those emails went so far as to warn Kavanaugh not to distribute the Democratic talking points he was being given.

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.

Leahy stared at Kavanaugh before saying "that is convenient".

Also on Friday, Kennebunk High School sophomore Hunter Lachance, 15, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Kavanaugh's stance on air quality. One email chain was titled "spying", and Democratic files were referred to as "confidential" several times.

He described a particular email marked confidential from the staff of then-Sen. Leahy said the points came from a draft of a letter written by his office.

Jackson Corbin, a 13-year-old afflicted with Noonan Syndrome, begged senators not to "destroy protections for pre-existing conditions" that would leave him and others like him "without care or without the ability to afford our care - all because of who we are". What are the checks and balances on people in your business, if you can find five people who agree with you to confer a right whether the public likes it or not, based on this concept of a penumbra of rights.

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