Leahy gets Kavanaugh emails released, but struggles to land a punch

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A Dubuque native testified Friday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the U.S. Supreme Court nominee. And Kavanaugh's testimony that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, "was settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court", and that it had been reaffirmed by a subsequent high court decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey - which he said was "precedent on precedent" - didn't do much to allay those concerns.

Activists have also pledged to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund an opponent to Collins in 2020, if she votes in favor of Kavanaugh.

Maine Senator Susan Collins will play a pivotal role in the upcoming vote on whether to consent to Donald Trump's nominated candidate.

"I'm on the sunrise side of the mountain and I'm an optimist about the future", Kavanaugh told lawmakers Thursday.

Collins' support is crucial to Kavanaugh's nomination, as Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate with the recent confirmation of Sen. Kavanaugh still confirmed. Further, three senators facing tough re-elections who voted for Neil Gorsuch may vote to confirm Kavanaugh as well. Though they offered no disqualifying revelations about Kavanaugh, they nevertheless contained material relating to abortion, his past work vetting judicial nominees, and other relevant topics. The hangers, which have been arriving at Collins' office since July, symbolize the risky techniques used in back-alley abortions that take place where abortions are not legal.

Coons said Kavanaugh and the conservative majority on the Supreme Court may embrace the unitary executive theory, which would allow Trump to fire Mueller without political penalty.

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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". Booker to use in his questioning of Judge Kavanaugh - but the senator then released other documents that were still confidential. The justice who retired, Anthony Kennedy, was considered a centrist.

"Like many of my brothers and sisters of color, I am not comforted by deputies with handguns, let alone assault rifles", she opined, which leads one to wonder whether Miss Eastmond and her media coaches have really thought through what would happen in, say, Chicago, if we disarmed the police.

Booker meanwhile, dramatically challenged Republicans to expel him from the Senate, after they took umbrage over his release of "Committee Confidential" documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House during the administration of George W. Bush. That isn't inconceivable - Alaska native groups are lobbying Murkowski to oppose Kavanaugh, who has a record of ruling against indigenous rights. But it still left him room to rule for states wishing to regulate away abortion without formally banning it. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Kavanaugh said the same, that he was noting "what legal scholars might say" and offered his comment on the proposed article because he's "always concerned with accuracy".

Kavanugh will most likely be confirmed. "The email does not contradict Judge Kavanaugh's statements that he believes Roe to be settled law and that he agrees it is important precedent".

A transcript of the ad provided to the Press Herald says "a leaked email just revealed Kavanaugh's true views on abortion - he disputes that Roe v. Wade is "settled law.' Kavanaugh fails Collins" own test". Liberal groups are running TV ads encouraging the senator to reject the nomination. Senate Republicans denied Garland a hearing and a floor vote.

Collins insists she's still deciding.