Senators begin their questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on day two of his confirmation hearings. He delivered his opening statement late Monday afternoon after a long day of protests, procedural interruptions, and grandstanding.
On Wednesday, Democratic senators did not start with objections as they had the previous day, but at least four protesters, including a woman in a wheelchair this time, were led out yelling things like, "Sham president, sham justice," "Stop slaughtering our children," and "Stop in the name of Mother Earth."
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin grilled Kavanaugh on abortion rights, noting that the minor had obtained a judicial bypass, which should have allowed her to get the procedure without parental consent, and “complied with every legal requirement, including Texas state requirements, placed in front of her, so she could move forward with her decision.”
In response, Kavanaugh emphasized that Jane Doe was a minor. If she were an adult, he said, “she would have a right to obtain the abortion immediately.”
Asked about his view on Roe v. Wade, Kavanaugh says it's a "settled precedent of the Supreme Court" that has been "reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years" https://t.co/WAwKBbR3CM pic.twitter.com/RmE6Pn54Mt— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2018
Leahy: "President Trump claims he has an absolute right to pardon himself. Does he?"— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 5, 2018
Kavanaugh: "The question of self-pardons is something I've never analyzed. It's a question I have not written about... It's a hypothetical question that I can't begin to answer in this context" pic.twitter.com/N91BYOuqKV