'Sparks will fly' at Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

‘Sparks will fly’ at Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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WASHINGTON — For eight weeks since President Donald Trump nominated him for the swing seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial record and legal philosophy has gotten lost amid disputes over his partisan past and withheld documents. But when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds four days of hearings this week, those controversies likely will take a back seat to issues affecting millions of Americans: Abortion. Guns. Health care. And, inevitably, the president himself . Kavanaugh, 53, will be grilled for 17 hours or more about the conservative views he has espoused in more than 300 opinions and dissents over 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – a traditional stepping-stone to the Supreme Court. For half that time, Republicans who have fawned over Kavanaugh since his nomination on July 9 will call attention to his pedigree and character: Yale University and Yale Law School, three prestigious federal court clerkships, nearly a decade of public service, and a reputation for open-mindedness and collegiality. For the other half, Democrats whose opposition is all but assured will highlight the Washington, D.C., native’s rulings and writings on controversial issues and seek assurances on how he would rule in future cases – questions Kavanaugh will parry without issuing any promises. “There will be sparks at this hearing. Sparks will fly," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut. "And there will be a lot of heat.” There’s already been a lot of money spent on both sides of the […]

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