Trump's Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has dealt what could be a fatal blow to the campaign against Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination, as the senator admitted she wasn't swayed by a leaked 2003 email in which Kavanaugh said Roe v. Wade wasn't "settled law".

Both of New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators have announced their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Democrats also hammered at Kavanaugh's ability to separate himself from Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Abortion was a main focus throughout the weeklong hearing, and on Friday New York University law professor Melissa Murray told lawmakers that Kavanaugh would provide the "necessary fifth vote that would utterly eviscerate" the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Without missing a beat, Kavanaugh rattled off the names and subjects of seven of the papers.

Asked by Democratic Senator Cory Booker on Wednesday whether he was picked because of an expectation of loyalty to Trump, Kavanaugh responded, "My only loyalty is to the Constitution".

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Among the speakers at the press conference was Marcus Sibley, communications director for the state conference of the NAACP, who called Kavanaugh a "danagerous ideologe", Sibley said the NAACP had opposed Kavanaugh when he was fisrt appointed as a federal judge. The person who most embarrassed himself was Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) who are suspected to have presidential ambitions.

But this was all a charade.

Booker was setting up a straw man that didn't exist, obviously hoping that his false claims would get all of the media coverage - not the actual content of the emails.

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the committee that Kavanaugh's approach to the law would endanger voting rights, affirmative action, abortion access, criminal law and health care. The number of deaths, all of which are tragic, is actually estimated at only a fraction of that: 200 to 300 per year.

Kavanaugh completed two days of lengthy questioning by senators on Thursday night, keeping his composure under intense questioning by Democrats and avoiding any stumbles that could have tripped up his confirmation.

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Paul Moxley was there on behalf of the American Bar Association.

At a time when Democrats are churning as a party, they're also awakening to the political potency of judicial nominees, a longtime GOP priority.

Democratic witnesses also included a student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for a pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed a year ago.

"The fundamental problem in this case is that these DOT regulations use a lot of legalisms and disguises to mask what in reality is a naked racial set-aside", Kavanaugh wrote, as part of his analysis that conservative members of the Supreme Court would "realize as much in short order and rule accordingly". Kavanaugh didn't answer, citing the practice of past nominees who have declined to answer questions that could come before them as a justice. That's the mantra of any nominee before the Senate, especially when the White House and Senate are in the same party's hands.

The only objective in bringing the man who helped organize the cover-up of the Watergate break-in was apparently to assist the Democrats in trying to paint President Trump as another Richard Nixon. Kavanaugh on Thursday defended the email as an assessment of his views on the Supreme Court's probable take on the matter. After four days, Democrats landed no punches, and Kavanaugh made no errors.

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Democrats brought a series of emotional witnesses to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday to sound more warnings about what Kavanaugh would mean for the country's legal landscape, while witnesses invited by Republicans gave straightforward descriptions of an appeals court judge with the credentials to join the high court.

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