Following President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy a court hearing has begun to proceed. Kavanaugh has a lot of speculation around him as he was nominated by an unpopular president and has been said to be quite conservative in his views.
During the first day of hearings Kavanaugh was met with much objection by Democratic crowd members and senators. The beginning of the proceedings were delayed by roughly an hour as democratic senators felt they were being cheated based on their limits to document access. Republicans are quite confident that he will be approved with a simple majority vote.
Perhaps one of the most impactful moments of the day came at lunch break of the hearing when the father of Jamie Guttenberg, a victim of the Parkland shooting, approached Kavanaugh with an open hand to say he was the father of Jamie. Kavanaugh withdrew his hand and walked away. The whole event is unclear of any security presence that intervene but this cames as a shock to many. Kavanaugh is supported by the NRA and has openly fought for the protection of owning a semiautomatic weapon, which draws a lot of protest.
Following dinner on the first day Kavanaugh was asked by Kamala Harris, whether or not he agrees with president Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame in last year’s white supremacist incident in Charlottesville. Kavanaugh had a brilliant response to saying “I am not here to assess comments made in the political arena, because the risk is I’ll be drawn into the political arena.” Kavanaugh aims to stay completely bipartisan and not risk any Senate votes on personal comments made.
The start of the second day of hearings follows in line with the first. Thursday morning private emails from Kavanaugh have been made public by The New York Times, revealing Kavanaugh’s challenge to the Roe v. Wade case claiming it may not be “settled law of the land.” Kavanaugh elaborated in the email to say that he’s “not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so.” Going back on this case would prove astronomical, as abortion would become illegal once more. The email is to be used to expose Kavanaugh’s conservative views would get the best of him in court cases. Also at the end of the night Kavanaugh was asked his opinion on indicting a sitting president which was a hint at President Trump, based on his recent actions including the Russia Probe. He’s quoted saying “I promise you I have an open mind.” This is reassuring to those Senators believing Trump to be guilty and therefore helping his case to be nominated.
On the last day of hearings the structure will was a bit different. A panel of witnesses will testify for and against him. The first being Rochelle Garza who represents an undocumented teen, who she is a legal guardian to, that was seeking access to an abortion. A hot topic in America today stand the Pro-life and Pro-choice movements. Garza speaks about the pain his decision caused her which does little to help his case as a bipartisan judge as a Pro-life decision would label him conservative. In support of Kavanaugh, we heard from witnesses testifying in support of Kavanaugh including longtime friends and former law clerks. They spoke of his intelligence and open-mindedness, as well as praising his fair mindedness and independent thought.
Overall the four days, the hearings haveproven that America is in dire need of someone to bring the parties together to focus on the long term goals of America and not try and find success for one party. The bipartisan system was built upon the foundation of multiple opinions coming together to present the best ideas, while being gracious with a loss to the other party. Instead the hearing has felt as if it is separating us more, as more than 200 public citizens were taken out of the courtroom by force. Brett Kavanaugh was felt successful in keeping and open mind with all questions and presenting independent ideas. Whether or not the Senate will approve him is up to question.