Angus King says he’ll vote against Trump high court pick Kavanaugh

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Susan Collins claim that a crowdfunding campaign created to influence her vote on the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh amounts to a "bribe", when it's really the kind of political speech that wealthy donors have been practicing legally for decades.

Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee he assumed the man who approached him was a protester. If I had known who he was, I would have shaken his hand, talked to him, and expressed my sympathy.

If the Koch brothers-affiliated Americans for Prosperity can spend "seven figures" to let senators know that they should support Kavanaugh if they want their support, or the Judicial Crisis Network, which is funded by unnamed donors, can budget $10 million for TV ads that warn of political consequences for a "no" vote, what's wrong with named individuals making fully disclosed campaign contributions that deliver the opposite message?

The back-and-forth between Grassley and Blumenthal came after Democrats tried to similarly adjourn Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last week. Should Collins vote against Kavanaugh, all the money will be returned to donors.

He also addressed a similar question to Sen.

Government watchdog agency Judicial Watch officially filed an ethics complaint against Democratic Sen.

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Democrats on the committee, expected to oppose the judge, used a rule that allowed them to keep Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for another week.

The 28 new "committee confidential" documents from Booker are from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office during the George W. Bush administration and show his involvement in judicial nominations, including for some of the more controversial judges of the era. Judicial Watch said Booker admitted to the violation of Senate rules against disclosing "secret or confidential business or proceedings" in a September 7 tweet, and with a Facebook post September 9.

Some of the documents Mr. Booker first released last week were actually cleared by the committee, but others were classified as confidential. Kavanaugh worked in the White House from 2001 to 2006. "Thousands of Mainers are trying desperately to tell her that she needs to protect abortion access and critical healthcare coverage across the country by voting "no" on Kavanaugh.Unlike Supreme Court judges, senators do not enjoy a lifetime guarantee of their seat; they are accountable to the people". Donnelly, Manchin and Heitkamp voted to confirm the president's first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

"I am pleased to say", Ms. Collins says with a small chuckle, "we had a group that has a thrift shop that helps low-income women ask us for 300 of the hangers". Despite those commitments, the letter said one member of the committee has released more than 40 documents without consent, referring to Booker.

"If confirmed, I would respect the law of precedent given its centrality to stability, predictability, impartiality and public confidence in the rule of law", Kavanaugh said.