WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 6, 2018) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) – A dispute over documents relating to abortion, race and other issues dating to the prior White House service of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, spilled over into the nominee’s contentious Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday (September 6), as previously withheld papers were made public.
The third day of the confirmation hearing of the conservative federal appeals court judge selected by Trump for a lifetime post on the high court again was repeatedly interrupted by protesters hostile to the nominee.
Democratic Senator Cory Booker called the process used by the Republican-led committee to decide which documents to make public “a bit of sham,” and focused on a document he said described Kavanaugh’s views as a White House aide under former President George W. Bush on the use of “racial profiling” in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
In the document mentioned by Booker, Kavanaugh said that although he favored race-neutral policies in policing, there was an “interim question of what to do before a truly effective and comprehensive race-neutral system is developed and implemented.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh is seen as likely to tilt the nation’s highest judicial body even further to the right. That prospect worries Democrats and heartens Republicans on volatile issues including abortion, gun rights, gay rights, the death penalty, religious liberty and business regulation.