Can President Trump Pardon Himself? Brett Kavanaugh Won't Say

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Feinstein was Wednesday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".

In a tweet in June, President Trump said he had "the absolute right to PARDON myself".

He also said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings.

"I interpret his statement meaning he got very well educated in the processes of the executive branch so that makes him a better judge to make decisions on the law or the cases that apply to the executive branch or presidential power", explained Grassley. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. In 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional for states to prohibit marriage between two people of the same sex. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation. The passes are for a limited amount of time in order to let in as many people as possible during the course of the day. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

In an August 31 letter, Bill Burck informed the Committee for the first time that almost 102,000 pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's work in the White House Counsel's Office are being withheld from the Committee and the public based on "constitutional privilege".

One TV viewer gave Kavanaugh a rave review.

Well, Judy, yesterday, you and I talked about how this is the most consequential Supreme Court hearing and nomination really in our lifetimes, because it is to replace Justice Kennedy's seat, the swing seat.

"That's a hypothetical question". Dianne Feinstein of California, the panel's senior Democrat.

Trump has often criticized the federal judiciary.

"I think the first quality of a good judge in our constitutional system is independence", the conservative federal appeals court judge said in response to a question by the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley.

Kavanaugh mentioned the 1954 Brown ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal as examples of judges making tough calls despite intense partisan pressures.

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"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases.

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's choice to fill a crucial Supreme Court vacancy, is a conservative appellate court judge who has staunchly defended the executive power of the presidency and describes himself as a strict adherent to the US Constitution.

The Supreme Court has never answered that question, and it is among the potentially most important since Trump could face a subpoena from special counsel Mueller.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Democrats of trying to conduct the hearing by "mob rule".

One big reason Kavanaugh is so unpopular may have nothing to do with him personally, and is more about the Republican Party's clear desire to overturn Roe v. Wade. As for Kavanaugh, he'll likely be confirmed. But Kavanaugh disagreed and wrote a dissenting opinion. Kamala Harris (D-CA) came down hard on Kavanaugh, saying she's deeply concerned that he's too guided by partisanship.

Republican senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke positively about Kavanaugh but questioned the Trump administrations integrity.

The Lede: Day one of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court was chaotic, to say the least.

Kavanaugh said he had known nothing about the allegations until they were disclosed a year ago.

"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.

They railed against the unusual vetting process by Republicans that failed to include documents from three years Kavanaugh worked in the Bush administration, and 100,000 more pages withheld by the Trump White House. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects. Republicans have declined to seek those papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush. Many are being held as confidential within the committee.

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