The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continue to be contentious as the third day of questions plays out on Thursday.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have peppered Judge Kavanaugh with questions about his stance on abortion and the Roe v. Wade decision after the New York Times obtained a set of confidential documents that a lawyer for former President George W. Bush gave to the Committee but were designated as “committee confidential, meaning that their content couldn’t be discussed during questioning dating back to Kavanaugh’s time in the second Bush White House as an aide, in particular an email response Kavanaugh wrote when he was considering a draft opinion piece in which he responded to a statement about Roe v. Wade and its progeny are “widely accepted by legal scholars across the board...the settled law of the land.”
Kavanaugh responded by saying he wasn’t sure that all legal scholars would agree with that, especially considering that the Supreme Court could overrule his precedent and that, at the time, there were three Justices on the Court who would.
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Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush