Democrat releases 'confidential' emails as Kavanaugh hearing heats up

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In 2003, while he was working at the George W. Bush White House, Brett Kavanaugh wrote that he wasn't sure whether the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling was settled law - a view he's contradicted during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing this week.

He was pressed once again for his views on presidential power. "Whether it's voter suppression, the role of the media - case after case, we hear this president willing to walk away from the rule of law in this country". Kavanaugh replied, appearing perplexed.

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Some documents have been withheld altogether. "Cory and Senate Democrats were able to shame the committee into agreeing to make last night's documents publicly available, and Cory publicly released those documents as well as other committee confidential documents today".

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Kavanaugh also said Thursday that he doesn't recall conversations of any kind with anyone at the law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres, but that he doesn't know everyone who might work there.

"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to", Cornyn said to Booker, who is considered a possible Democratic contender for president in 2020. After his statement, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii announced she would release confidential documents as well. He called it "a moment of judicial independence where I think the court came together" in a unanimous decision.

Cornyn said that Booker and other Democrats risked being expelled from the Senate. Shah quoted in his tweets: "Senate Rule 29-5: 'Any Senator, officer or employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business and proceedings.... of the committees, subcommittees and offices of the Senate shall be liable, if a Senator, to suffer expulsion from the body; and if an officer or employee, to dismissal from the service of the Senate, and to punishment for contempt'". Democrats have stated that they didn't have time to go over the documents and that there is a conflict in interest by Burke.

But Mr. Booker said the documents, which he says relate to "racial profiling", deserve to be made public. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to release of some of the Bush-era documents.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) next to Sen. He said he offered the comments because he's "always concerned with accuracy".

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The email exchange dates to 2002, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when Kavanaugh served as an associate to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales. He also criticizes Department of Transportation affirmative action regulations.

"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", he wrote. Durbin has found Kavanaugh's name popping up in several instances of conversations about the program; Kavanaugh maintains he answered the question correctly as he understood it.

He conceded that hopes he expressed almost two decades ago for a color-blind society have not been fulfilled.

Democrats were infuriated in the weeks leading up to Kavanaugh's hearings due to the lack of documentation the National Archives provided on the judge's history. "Our long march to racial equality is not over". It was among the documents leaked to the New York Times.

Late Wednesday evening, Kavanaugh seemed to stumble at first when questioned by Democrat Kamala Harris of California about whom he might have spoken with at a law firm concerning the investigation into Russian election meddling.

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Holding up a printed copy of the email, Sen.