"With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans 'the privacies of life.'" To protect this privacy, the Court concluded that its "answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple - get a warrant". He condemned the spate of US school shootings but defended an opinion he wrote questioning whether semi-automatic rifles could be banned. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.
Senate Republicans are rushing through this confirmation hearing in a way that does not seem befitting the importance of the position.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was grilled on a controversial abortion case where he twice sided with the Trump administration's argument that it could block a detained immigrant minor's abortion until she was found a sponsor.
Another focus was Trump himself, who has frequently leveled attacks against the judiciary and law enforcement.
Politico, citing unnamed sources, reported that during a Labor Day conference call, Democratic senators debated whether to walk out in protest of the Republican opposition to the release of millions of pages of missing Kavanaugh documents.
Klobuchar noted that Kavanaugh's explanation in his dissent that the court could distinguish between a "major" and "minor" question with respect to deferring to an expert agency when there was ambiguity in the law would be a "you-know-it-when-you-see-it" standard was the reason that the other judges didn't agree with Kavanaugh.
Younger Democrats, such as California Sen.
"The fact that we can not take a few days or weeks to have a complete review of Judge Kavanaugh's record is unfair to the American people", Sen.
"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.
Leahy pressed on by asking if Trump has the authority to pardon people "in exchange for a promise from that person that they wouldn't testify against him".
Kavanaugh said: "The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed".
The wide-ranging testimony underscored the potential for Kavanaugh's nomination to shape the supreme court and the decisions before it for decades to come.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared Wednesday that "no one is above the law in our Constitution", including the executive branch, as the second day of his confirmation hearing began.
In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a law review article saying presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions, and investigations while in office.
"The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is", Trump tweeted.
But abortion was her chief focus. He specifically mentioned a 1992 ruling in the case Planned Parenthood v. Casey reaffirming the Roe ruling.
While stopping short of calling the Roe case correctly decided, Kavanaugh's remarks suggested he might be cautious toward overturning it.
Kavanaugh was grilled on issues like abortion and guns on Wednesday. He also objected that the "clock was ticking" before she would be locked out by the state's 20-week abortion ban. "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".
Mueller is also probing whether members of Trump's campaign, including his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, colluded with the Kremlin.
But Kavanaugh's nomination languished for three years, as Democrats fumed over his participation in Bush's recount team.
Protestors are opposing the lack of transparency in Kavanaugh's hearing, as well as the fact that he would be appointed by a president now undergoing an investigation. There are several important cases waiting on the Court's docket this fall, and whoever replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy will have tremendous power to impact our everyday lives at home, at work and in school for generations to come.