Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WATCH: Sen. Flake's 1st Round of Questioning Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh - "Three ZIP Codes Away"

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) got his first chance tonight to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The 2nd day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on President Trump's pick for the highest court in the land is continuing into the night.

Flake opened with a softball question about Kavanaugh's judicial heros (Mom to retired Justice Anthony Kennedy to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall with many stops in between) , before trying to pin him down on how he felt about Trump's Tweets politicizing the Department of Justice. Judge Kavanaugh hawed ("I try to live in the real world") and hemmed before maintaining that he needs to avoid talking about "current events" and saying he wants to not just stay away from the line but "three ZIP codes away from the line." (starts about 14 minutes in)

From there, the questioning moved to legal issues involving public lands and how Judge Kavanaugh understands the importance of that issue to Westerners.

There will be a second round of questioning by Senators, likely beginning tomorrow. The Judiciary Committee will then vote on whether to recommend his approval by the entire Senate.

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