With no sign of any Republicans planning to vote against Kavanaugh, he seemed to be well positioned to win confirmation despite Democratic efforts to block him.
While Vice President Pence is confident that Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed, Sen.
The committee could vote on Kavanaugh's nomination September 13, but it could also be delayed, making the final committee vote take place September 20 followed by a full Senate vote the next week.
In the hearings themselves, Kavanaugh affirmed that Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey are "an important precedent of the Supreme Court". In one exchange with Hatch during the confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh defended his previous testimony from 2004 and 2006 when he was a nominee to be on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
A lot of the passion against the federal judge centered on concern that if Kavanaugh gets a seat on the Supreme Court, he could vote to overturn the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority that was bolstered with the appointment this week of former Arizona Sen.
"Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn't have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance-which I personally find implausible-there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft", Graves continued. The document was partially redacted.
The group alleges that Kavanaugh committed perjury during his hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
"Judge Kavanaugh's extensive record and recent hearing demonstrate his priorities rest with upholding the Constitution and the rule of law", Moore said. It's a question, therefore, that's a hypothetical question that I can't begin to answer in this context as a sitting judge and as a nominee. "We are all equal", he said. When Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT invited him to denounce Trump's criticism of federal judges, the nominee demurred. And Kavanaugh said essentially to the author that that was an overstatement. They debated options, Schumer said, but decided on a strategy of staying in the room for questions, protest and disruption.
Booker was supported by Democratic Sens. The documents he was allegedly willing to throw himself on his own sword over were released hours earlier and his office was made aware. "That is irresponsible and conduct unbecoming a senator", Republican Senator John Cornyn said of Booker.
In his opening statement, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called the judge "one of the most qualified nominees - if not the most qualified nominee - I have seen". They would examine the full body of work and make a vote on the qualifications not the orientation.
He said that Booker - from his time in local New Jersey politics to his time as mayor of Newark - has always been a "showboat" who liked the spotlight. That's the mantra of any nominee before the Senate, especially when the White House and Senate are in the same party's hands. The panel's process resulted in hundreds of thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's documents being withheld as confidential or kept from release under presidential privilege by the Trump White House.