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Democrats raised the possibility Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in 2004 and 2006

At least some Democrats expressed frustration with the outbursts in this week's hearings.

The hearings began Tuesday with striking images of women protesters on Capitol Hill dressed as characters from television's The Handmaid's Tale.

On Wednesday, Beddard and two other "handmaids" removed their costumes to go into the hearing room. Yet Kavanaugh should have done more to reassure senators that, under current circumstances, he does not believe an errant president is due extraordinary deference. President Donald Trump has said if he is able to put a second or third justice on the court - he nominated Neil Gorsuch to the court earlier this year - Roe v. Wade being overturned would "happen automatically".

Democratic Senator Cory Booker focused on an email he said described Kavanaugh's views as a Bush White House aide on the use of "racial profiling" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by the al Qaeda Islamist militant group. The nominee added that his email was merely summarizing the view of other legal scholars. And Kavanaugh is so anti-choice that he even refers to birth control as "abortion-inducing drugs".

Witnesses supporting and opposing Judge Kavanaugh will be the next to testify before the committee. "Basically, she's still vetting the new information that's coming out", said her spokeswoman, Hannah Ray.

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Also expected to appear on Friday is John Dean, former Nixon White House attorney and Watergate whistleblower.

While Democrats have become increasingly desperate after thirteen left-wing groups told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he is failing to fight hard enough to keep Judge Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats continued their focus on documents or on mischaracterizing Judge Kavanaugh's stellar judicial record.

One lesser-noted part of Kavanaugh's testimony this week pertained to his thoughts about the role of government regulations and the power of administrative agencies.

In an interview with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan, Pence said that he hopes his tie-breaking vote won't be needed in the Senate. "I'm not a skeptic of regulation at all". He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy". Cornyn said it was "irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator".

The exchange came a day after Kavanaugh refused to say whether the high court's 2015 decision striking down state laws that excluded gay and lesbian couples from marriage was correctly decided.

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Leahy said that emails disclosed during Kavanaugh's nomination hearing this week buttress his case that Kavanaugh knew, or should have known, that he had received documents that Republican staffers took from a computer jointly shared with Democrats. Kavanaugh struggled to find a response.

"I was born at night but not last night", Leahy said, "and if I found I had something that somebody said "we've stolen this" or "don't tell anybody we have this" - I think it would raise a red flag".

Asked whether Mr. Booker was posturing, Sen.

At the end of the week, it's nearly certain that none of the drama changed any minds.

Kavanaugh stepped up his refusal to answer.

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In mid-August, liberal activists started a crowdfunding campaign that aimed to raise $500,000 for Collins's Democratic challenger in 2020 - a sum that it pledged to return to donors if the incumbent Republican votes "no" on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

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