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>> That an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our Constitution->> After four days of questions and testimony, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appeared headed for confirmation by the Senate, after avoiding any major stumbles.>> And hopefully in a short period of time, he'll be sitting there, very proudly.
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>> Supreme Court reporter Lawrence Hurley.>> We've been hearing now over Kavanaugh looks on track for confimation. He performed well.>> Free speech helps us build a better America.>> There were lots of protestors, probably more than there have ever been in a Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and the Democrats also tried their best to bring their own politics into it by disrupting some of the procedure.
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>> To a charade and a mockery->> But Kavanaugh himself was keeping himself clear of all of that. He didn't give them any red meat, to Democrats, who were looking for reasons to oppose him.>> Kavanaugh sidestepped questions on hot button issues, declining to give his views on the limits of Presidential power, as Robert Mueller's Russia probe draws closer to President Trump.
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>> Trump claims he has an absolute right to pardon himself, does he?>> That's a hypothetical question.>> Nor would he give any clues as to how he might rule on any challenges to the case that legalized abortion.>> I understand the importance that people attach to the Roe v Wade decision.
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>> On the one hand he was willing to say that some cases are settled law, like the Brown versus Board Education to desegregate schools, but when it came to Roe, he would just say it was a precedent. So all bets are off until the court gets a case where he has to weigh in on it.
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>> Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a narrow margin.>> So just to sum up, intellect, A+.>> Absolutely.>> Integrity A+?>> A++.>> And I certainly believe->> Democratic possible 2020 presidential candidates, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both managed to shake up the hearings. Booker saying he was ready to jeopardize his seat to reveal documents he said Republicans were withholding.
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>> And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate.>> Kamala Harris suggested Kavanaugh might have had contact with someone at President Trump's former law firm about Robert Mueller's probe.>> The question is whether you were part of a conversation regarding Special Counsel Muller's investigation?
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>> The answer is no.>> Thank you.>> With no sign of any Republicans planning to vote against Kavanaugh, he seemed well positioned to take a seat on the nation's highest court.