As was widely expected, the issue of abortion loomed large during parts of the questioning, despite Kavanaugh's relative lack of a judicial track record, or even public statements, on the issue. He said his favorite writing from the Federalist papers is Federalist No. 69, in which Alexander Hamilton details how the USA presidency is not a monarchy, he showed that he can list every name and age of the players on the girls basketball team he coached, and more. Democrats and Booker responded, "Bring it on". In what nearly seemed like a celebration Thursday, Kavanaugh's two daughters returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room for the final hours of testimony, accompanied by teammates on Catholic school basketball teams their father has coached. A spokeswoman for Collins said Saturday that a recently released email from Kavanaugh - in which he disputed that all legal scholars see Roe as settled - didn't contradict what he told the senator because he wasn't expressing his personal views.
Sarsour said the arrests during the hearing showed the "level of dissent" over Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh, a conservative judge, for a lifetime Supreme Court seat.
Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.
Kavanaugh declined to answer questions on how that case could be applied relating to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.
"I think that the average independent voter - the labor family that voted for Trump last time but is now reconsidering - people like that don't think that screaming in a hearing room is a particularly effective strategy or a signal of a party that they much want to belong to", said Sen.
Crucially, that opinion seemed to be shared Thursday by ME pro-choice Republican Susan Collins, considered a key swing vote in Kavanaugh's potential confirmation. Booker said he was willing to face possible punishment under Senate rules by releasing the documents himself, although Republicans said they had already agreed to release them.
Former White House aide pushes back on Woodward's book
According to Woodward, Pence was among those who were "silent and only seemed to be encouraging Trump". Trump called the writer "gutless" and "coward" and his aides also went into a complete meltdown.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, center, and Sen. One email chain was titled "spying", and Democratic files were referred to as "confidential" several times. But he acknowledged that administration officials would need to "grapple" with the viability of a potential interim solution that included race as a consideration, suggesting that until race-neutral policies could be effectively implemented, national security concerns in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks could demand another approach.
Separately, an email written to Kavanaugh by a then-staffer to the Republican leadership, Barbara Ledeen, had the subject line "spying".
Despite the tense atmosphere, there were pointed moments of levity.
The hearings were marked by loud protests and partisan battles. She and Republican Sen.
Fears that Kavanaugh, if confirmed to the court by the Senate, could open the door to scaling back abortion access, were a key focus at the hearing.
Also on Friday, Kennebunk High School sophomore Hunter Lachance, 15, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Kavanaugh's stance on air quality. On Friday at 9:30 a.m., hearings will continue with a series of outside witnesses, including members of the nonpartisan American Bar Association, which recommended Kavanaugh as highly qualified.