He mentioned the strong women in his life, starting with his mother, who he credited for showing him "the importance of women's equality".
The hearings began Tuesday with striking images of women protesters on Capitol Hill dressed as characters from television's The Handmaid's Tale. "Our bodies, our choice".
"The biggest I think glaring issue right now is one that I went to the mat on this week which is that America has a right to know the fullness of this person's resume and right now that's just not happening", Booker told KVUE. She also told reporters that Kavanaugh reassured her by saying he considers Roe v. Wade settled law, but in a 2003 email recently unearthed at his confirmation hearings he wrote he was "not sure" whether the case was settled law. The nominee added that his email was merely summarizing the view of other legal scholars.
Also in responding to questions about the Roe v. Wade decision Kavanaugh said that he understands "how passionate and how deeply people feel about this issue" of abortion.
With the midterms less than two months away, Kavanaugh's nomination carries political risks for both parties as they potentially alienate the large swath of independent voters who have big say in elections.
In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that states could not place an "undue burden" - a state regulation that "has the goal or effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion" - on anyone seeking an abortion.
Thomas Jipping summarizes research showing that the American Bar Association does tilt leftward in rating judicial nominees - which is why its unanimous "well qualified" rating for Judge Brett Kavanaugh is especially impressive.
When questioned about the honesty of his 2006 testimony during his nomination for the appellate court when he said he was not involved in some Bush-era policies, Kavanaugh said he was "100 percent accurate".
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"There were numerous emails sent to him that made it very clear this was stolen information, including a draft letter from me", Leahy said in an interview. "I'm a skeptic of unauthorized regulation, of illegal regulation, of regulation that is outside the bounds of what the laws passed by Congress have said".
"On the Supreme Court, unfortunately, there hasn't been much bipartisanship", Schumer said.
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That lesson is that Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings aren't confirmation hearings but partisan exercises in taxpayer-financed polemics, electioneering and base-stroking. When Gorsuch was asked about Trump's regular attacks on federal judges, he could at least muster enough backbone to say he found them "demoralizing" and "disheartening".
"Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?" Kavanaugh struggled to find a response.
"I ought to be cautious what I enlighten here, because I'm the vice chairman of the Ethics Committee, and in that characteristic I can not teach on anything else that would possibly or would possibly also no longer come earlier than the committee", Coons stated.
The chaos of the day was not limited just to the hearing room, however, as opponents of Kavanaugh allowed their protests to spill into Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, to call the scene "mob rule".
At the end of the week, it's nearly certain that none of the drama changed any minds.