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On Wednesday, while fielding more than 10 hours of questions, Kavanaugh said he understands the weight that many people attach to Roe. Ted Cruz, who is fighting for his own re-election in Texas, apologized to Kavanaugh for the spectacle he said had less to do about the judge's legal record than Trump in the White House.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing has strong political overtones ahead of the November congressional elections, but as a practical matter Democrats lack the votes to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. Republicans in turn accused the Democrats of turning the hearing into a circus.

"NBC News reported that Democratic members of the committee plotted with minority leaders to disrupt the hearing yesterday", he said.

Blumenthal shifted his scrutiny to Kavanaugh's role in an appellate court ruling delaying the abortion of a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant known as Jane Doe, which the senator said put the woman's health at risk and ginned up Kavanaugh's support among pro-life groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Richard J. Durbin of IL for their tepid efforts to thwart the nominee. "I've never given anyone any hints, forecasts, previews, winks, nothing about my view as a judge or how I would rule as a judge on that or anything related to that", Kavanaugh added. "It's not theory. It's not just what a law review article says".

"I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us", the senator said.

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Hillary Clinton tweeted that the federal court judge may be changing his tune on the 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

The eight-minute exchange raised some eyebrows on Wednesday night, in part because Kavanaugh repeatedly asked Harris to clarify her yes-or-no question, but also because Harris is among a group of Democrats wary of Kavanaugh's views on matters that could be pertinent to Trump when the Russian Federation probe ends - including whether a sitting president can be indicted.

In his opening remarks, Kavanaugh vowed to uphold the attributes of an ideal judge and remain "a neutral and impartial arbiter who favours no litigant or policy". She promised to follow up, amid Republican complaints that she was being unfair. President Donald Trump says he's pleased with his nominee's performance.

Despite the senator's criticism Tuesday, Republicans are unlikely to offer any tough opposition.

Those views could inform which side a Justice Kavanaugh might take if the presidential indictment question reaches the Supreme Court bench.

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Grassley, who held the hearing despite a call from Democrats to delay it, has already promised to maintain a tighter grip on the proceedings.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked whether a president could be criminally investigated or indicted. It is likely that they will press the judge on his shifting views on the subject. "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.

A "fun" Thursday for the nominee would lead to Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and give Trump a legacy achievement of placing two conservatives on the high court.

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