Who is Donald Trump's 'controversial' Supreme Court nominee?

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Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday refused to say whether he believed that a sitting president could be forced to testify in a criminal case - a key question considering special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that USA v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called US v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history". He said he "saw some incredible answers to very complex questions".

The question, posed by Feinstein, was an unmistakable reference to the legal challenges facing Trump.

"I'm not looking for a judge who's going to try to rewrite the Constitution every other Thursday to advance some agenda that the people will never accept", he said.

Feinstein's assertion that more people would die if Kavanaugh would be confirmed because of his pro-gun stance and his refusal to agree with her assault weapons ban is nothing shy of anti-gun rhetoric at its finest.

Two Republican senators - Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - praised Kavanaugh personally and professionally, but raised questions about Trump's attacks on the Justice Department and how Kavanaugh would handle cases involving presidential power.

Hatch asked Kavanaugh about the Chevron doctrine, which takes its name from a 1980s Supreme Court decision that instructs federal courts to defer to a government agency's interpretation of ambiguous law.

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A Yale University graduate, in the 1990s he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary. For that, senators should rely on Kavanaugh's legal opinions, speeches and articles, Grassley says.

The first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Supreme Court hearing saw a huge number of protestors, both inside and out of the hearing room. But moments after Grassley opened the session, Democrats interrupted the chairman, decrying the withholding of documents and continuously asking to have the proceedings adjourned. Perabo's no stranger to political activism, and was one of thousands who turned out to protest at Trump Tower in support of the DACA Program which Donald Trump was attempting to close.

Kavanaugh mentioned the 1954 Brown ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal as examples of judges making tough calls despite intense partisan pressures.

"I am disappointed that despite his exemplary qualifications and outstanding record, so many of our colleagues across the aisle have announced their opposition even before he was nominated", he said.

"I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v Wade", he said.

On Wednesday, members of the Senate committee were granted up to 30 minutes each to grill Kavanaugh on a variety of subjects.

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But the Senate Judiciary Committee, controlled by Republicans, said they could review numerous same documents sent directly by the Bush library in time for the hearings to begin Tuesday.

Still, Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout of Kavanaugh hearings, Politico reported.

A protester is removed by Capitol police during the hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

If confirmed by a Senate controlled narrowly by Trump's fellow Republicans, Kavanaugh is expected to move the court - which already had a conservative majority - further to the right.

With impeachment on the minds of many Democrats, some have expressed concerns that Judge Kavanaugh would abuse his position on the Supreme Court to protect the president.

Liberals are concerned Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn the 1973 ruling.

Democrats have demanded in vain to see documents relating to the three years Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA court, spent as staff secretary to Bush, a job that involved managing paper flow from advisers to the president.

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