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Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) said Thursday that he would "knowingly violating the rules" of the Senate and release "committee confidential" documents about Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. After a question about Roe, Harris asked, "As a factual matter, can five Supreme Court Justices overturn any precedent at any time if a case comes before them on that issue?"

The left has questioned Kavanaugh's views on abortion and whether he'd protect a woman's right to choose as part of their campaign to block his nomination to the highest court.

Leahy said that the Senate Judiciary had other documents that provide even more proof that the nominee misled senators about internal Democratic documents he received, but those records are now "committee confidential", meaning they can only be viewed by members. Indeed, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn read aloud rules stating that a senator who divulges "the secret or confidential business" of the Senate faces expulsion, reports the Washington Post. "This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured and killed because of it", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

"I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence", Guttenberg said on Twitter after the encounter.

The email exchange dates to 2002, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when Kavanaugh served as an associate to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales. He was chastised by GOP colleagues for having discussed a confidential document about Kavanaugh's legal views on race. Trump revives shutdown threat MORE (R-Ky.) recessed the Senate on Thursday after Republicans warned that Democrats could try to use arcane procedure to stop Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing. The Ninth Amendment, for example, says, "the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people".

In another flashpoint development, a previously unreleased 2003 email from Kavanaugh shows him raising the point while an official in the George W. Bush White House whether Roe v Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right to an abortion was settled law of the land. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "And I think our colleagues understand that, but nevertheless made a decision to go ahead anyway".

The tone is different from Kavanaugh's remarks stressing how hard it is to overturn precedent like Roe during confirmation hearings, which opened for a third day Thursday with angry complaints and finger-pointing among senators over the unusual vetting process for the judge.

The second day was equally contentious, however, one moment in particular was incredibly tense - and powerful when California Sen.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Democrats dug in on controversial issues.

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The protests were so constant that Wednesday's hearing assumed a decidedly halting cadence, and senators expressed frustration at the interruptions.

The judge already faced questions about impeachment from Sen.

In other words, Kavanaugh dodged the question by simply describing the caselaw.

Harris asked Kavanaugh: "Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that firm?"

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate conservative who was a swing vote on the court.

Tillis went on to say, "I think we have before us an eminently qualified judge, and I am personally insulted when members on the other side of the aisle suggest I am complicit in evil if I support the nominee".

In Kavanaugh's own statement at the end of more than seven hours of arguing, the federal appeals judge spoke repeatedly about the importance of an independent judiciary and the need to keep the court above partisan politics.

Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, told CNN Wednesday afternoon when asked if anything she's heard so far would be considered disqualifying.

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