Iowa Democrats announce Cory Booker as keynote speaker for fall gala

Supreme Court nominee steers clear of Trump criticism

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., came to the third day of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh armed with documents that he said would show that the longtime Republican staffer knowingly received stolen emails nearly two decades ago.

"But when it becomes all about the spectacle of Cory Booker, you think to yourself, 'I think I smell a phony here.' And that's what I think I smell here".

The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.

And Sen. Ron Wyden of OR wrote that "Kavanaugh used stolen documents and LIED about it for personal gain".

Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading USA professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating, the highest possible.

Because Republicans went "nuclear" past year to nix the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Kavanaugh will only need a simple majority to get confirmed. The Supreme Court could weigh in on a number of potential scenarios that could play out in the Russian Federation probe or the obstruction of justice case involving Trump in the near term.

"I can't comment on that", he said.

On Wednesday, Beddard and two other "handmaids" removed their costumes to go into the hearing room. The Democrats' best shot at stopping Kavanaugh - who could swing the court further to the right for decades - would be branding him as a justice who might vote to overturn the court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.

"I know it's frustrating to the press, but until I finish my review I'm going to defer my decision-making", Collins said outside of Abbott Laboratories, a Scarborough company that manufactures diagnostic tests for the health care industry.

Miranda was a Republican Senate aide in the early 2000s, during the George W. Bush administration.

Collins said she would examine the issue this weekend.

The Vermont Democrat spent much of his questioning during the confirmation hearing asking Kavanaugh about whether he had received, when he worked at the White House, any Democratic committee documents obtained by Republican staff member Manuel Miranda in 2002 and 2003. "As we head in to the most grueling weeks of this cycle, we hope that his message will be the fuel Iowa Democrats need to put our candidates over the top in November", Troy Price, the state party chairman, said in a release announcing Booker's selection.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey asked Kavanaugh whether he would recuse himself from a case involving the special counsel Robert Mueller or the Russian Federation probe if the nation's high court takes up the matter.

But in a unusual twist, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee said that the George W. Bush library and the Justice Department had cleared several of the documents for public release the previous night, suggesting that Booker, in fact, was not risking anything by going public with the documents.

GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said they are conducting the "most thorough vetting process for a nominee in the history of the Supreme Court".

Another email chain released by Booker later Thursday showed Kavanaugh admitting to "venting" in 2001 about reported changes to a bill providing funding both religious and non-religious drug and alcohol treatment centers.

The third day of the confirmation hearing again was repeatedly interrupted by protesters hostile to Kavanaugh. Back then, Kavanaugh also denied receiving stolen material.

Each day, members of the public arrived by 7 a.m.to queue up for hearing tickets.

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