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Washington D.C., Sep 7, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.

Americans are divided on whether or not senators should vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with 38 percent who say yes and 39 percent who say no, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS and released on Tuesday.

Kavanaugh, whose hearings were swarmed with protesters from various activist groups opposed to his nomination, revealed a trove of information about himself, while concealing just as much.

Newly released emails show that while he was working to move through President George W. Bush's judicial nominees in the early 2000s, Kavanaugh received confidential memos, letters, and talking points of Democratic staffers stolen by GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda. The judge explained that he was actually questioning the claim that legal scholars generally agreed that abortion was "settled law".

"This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire. Documents that had been marked confidential for no apparent reason in the eyes of Booker, titled "Racial Profiling", seemed like they would be of great interest to anyone reviewing Kavanaugh as a candidate for the Supreme Court.

Despite an at times chaotic hearing last week, Kavanaugh is expected to be cleared out of the Judiciary Committee, where Republicans have a majority.

Kavanaugh did answer a lot of questions in a number of key areas, including abortion, gun rights, and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "Is anything written in the document?"

Kavanaugh hammered in the importance of precedent, which has been a major sticking point for Democrats looking to preserve abortion access and the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

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"The liberty clause talks about liberty", Kavanaugh stated.

"Again this is all about precedent for me, trying to read exactly what the Supreme Court said". What are the limits on this concept? "If you torpedo Kavanaugh you'll likely end up with someone worse".

Kavanaugh responded: "The test the Supreme Court uses to find unenumerated rights under the liberty clause of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, and that refers to rights rooted in the history and tradition of the country".

The rest of the first day consisted of several protests and lots of back and forth between Republicans and Democrats in discourse that was not as civil as many had hoped.

Kavanaugh also came under fire for his comments regarding birth control.

Kavanaugh also apparently did nothing when the Senate referred the case to the USA attorney's office for criminal prosecution.

Because Republicans went "nuclear" past year to nix the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Kavanaugh will only need a simple majority to get confirmed.

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