Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

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Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June. A few years later, in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Court found that an OR law requiring parents to send their children to public schools "unreasonably interfere [d] with the liberty of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control".

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As America's families send their children back to school, the U.S. Senate has begun its contentious hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats have protested the White House's withholding of 100,000 pages of documents related to his years in the Bush White House. So Republicans have released only those documents they consider most relevant - about 440,000 pages for senators to see, and fewer than 300,000 publicly.

Kavanaugh topped a list of 25 potential nominees put together by the White House in conjunction with conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.

"Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty". He has been asked about where he stands on choice by several moderate female senators, including Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who both said Kavanaugh told them he considered Roe to be "settled law".

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward. The Constitution establishes me as an independent judge bound to follow the law as written, the precedents of the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh began the tumultuous process on Tuesday, spending most of the time listening to the various members of the Senate Judiciary Committee give their own statements.

But newspaper USA Today has called him a "controversial" pick for Trump.

President Clinton was subpoenaed by independent counsel Kenneth Starr in 1998, and eventually agreed to testify voluntarily and the subpoena was withdrawn. "The prosecutor should be removable at will by the President", Kavanaugh said at the time.

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Numerous documents that have been shielded from disclosure come from Kavanaugh's three years as associate White House counsel.

In 2012, Kavanaugh was part of a panel that scrapped an Environmental Protection Agency measure aimed at reducing air pollution in the United States.

Republicans also a year ago reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Trump's first high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

A practicing Catholic active in various religious organisations, Kavanaugh is a married father of two girls.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh lavished praise on the importance of judicial precedent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but refused to answer whether he would vote to uphold or overturn Roe v. Wade.

While Kavanaugh's record has antagonised conservatives at times, his position on executive authority may have endeared him to Trump.

President Donald Trump has declined to rule out pardons for people convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Digital Privacy: In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in Riley v. California that the police must have a warrant to search information on a smartphone of a person upon arrest.

"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", Kavanaugh said in his opening remarks, adding, "I am a pro-law judge".

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