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>> And I'm trying to figure out->> Democrats pressed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday on newly released emails that highlighted his views on abortion and race issues. The New York Times published leaked emails from the nominee's time in the White House in which he questioned Roe v Wade as settled law.
>> And I quote, I am not sure that all legal scholars referred to Roe as a settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since court can always overrule its precedent, and three current justices on the court would do so.>> It was referring to the views of legal scholars, and I think my comment in the email was that might be overstating the position of legal scholars.
>> The day opened in high drama.>> That is irresponsible and outrageous.>> The Democrats frustrated by the withholding of thousands of the nominee's documents, saying they would subvert Senate rules to release those they felt were mislabeled as confidential but relevant. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker led the charge.
>> And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.>> Booker's Democratic colleagues came to his defense.>> Let´s jump into this pit together.>> Count me in too.>> We simply cannot hide these documents from the American public.>> So you're talking about the public right to know, you wanna give up your emails?
>> Senators Booker and Mazie Hirono made good on their promise and released Kavanaugh's 2002 emails that appear to lend some credence to a system of racial profiling in the wake of the September 11th attacks. But it later came out that those documents had, in fact, already been cleared for release in the early hours of the morning.
>> What I wanna hear more about is an honest answer about your view of presidential power.>> Democrats tried again to nail down the nominee's opinion on everything from presidential power to abortion without getting many specifics.>> I'm not going to answer hypotheticals.>> Supreme Court watchers say the days of grilling are unlikely to change the outcome with Republicans showing no signs of flipping votes.
In fact, Reuters Supreme Court correspondent Lawrence Hurley says Kavanaugh seems to be having a good time.>> He almost seems to be enjoying himself out there, unlike some other Supreme Court nominees in these hearings. He's been pretty good humored. He's happy to engage with the Senators with questions.
He doesn't seem to be perturbed by being in the spotlight.>> The hearing is scheduled to wrap up on Friday with testimony from outside witnesses.