The Democrats weren't the only ones who recognized the importance of questions about Trump and the Russian Federation investigation. "No one is above the law in the United States, including the president of the United Sates", Kavanaugh told Sasse.
Kavanaugh made it clear where his loyalties lie.
Lee focused most of his questions on the Constitution and separation of powers, asking Kavanaugh at one point to name is his favorite Federalist Paper.
"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Wednesday that he "understand [s] the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", giving liberals something to feel relieved about with a nominee who, by all rights, was set to look to overturn the abortion statute. So because there was no Supreme Court precedent on the question specifically pertaining to illegal immigrants, he consulted the closest analogue available, which were the Supreme Court's past rulings on parental consent generally.
Trump jumped into the fray late in the day, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh. "Under our system of government, the executive branch is subject to the law, subject to the court system". "They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress. That speaks more about how we work in a collegial way than what you're seeing on television", said Grassley.
"Respect for precedent is important".
"Precedent's not like a cafeteria" where he could pick and choose what to follow, Kavanaugh stressed.
Meanwhile, Republicans remain hopeful they'll have him confirmed before the Supreme Court convenes on October 1.
Kavanaugh defended his dissenting opinion previous year in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody. Pro-lifers celebrated his decision, though some lament that he based it partly on the theory that delaying her abortion didn't constitute an "undue burden".
Tillis said, "We have had almost every member in the minority on this committee either publicly state or participate in a press conference that they were going to vote against Judge Kavanaugh, with majority announcing it within the first 24 hours".
Senator Feinstein asked Kavanaugh why he dissented with his colleagues on the D.C. federal appeals court over a ruling where they upheld a ban on semi-automatic rifles. "It was a gut punch for me", he said, and he was "shocked, disappointed, angry".
"This is something I've never gone through before", Grassley acknowledged. "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.
Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary. "I don't know why it was marked 'committee confidential'". "I do not believe that's consistent" with the way prior nominations have been handled. Cruz was referring to a court case known as Zubik v. Burwell, in which the nuns didn't want to have to sign documents that would allow employees of their order to receive outside insurance coverage for contraception.
Miranda, in a telephone interview, said that he worked "closely" with Kavanaugh on nominations.
Amid the nearly continuous disruption, Texas Republican John Cornyn said it was "the first confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice I've seen basically according to mob rule".