DAY 2: Kavanaugh Refuses To Give Direct Answers To Important Questions

Throughout Kavanaugh’s hearing today, Senate Democrats pressed him on many important questions that will have an impact on Americans’ futures. Kavanaugh refused to give direct answers. Here are just a few examples:


Senators called Kavanaugh out directly for not answering their questions:


Senator Durbin: “Judge Kavanaugh, that's not the question.”


Kavanaugh refused to give a clear answer on his views on women’s constitutional rights:


Kavanaugh refused to answer Senator Feinstein’s yes or no question on whether his views on Roe v. Wade have changed since his time in the Bush White House.


Kavanaugh refused to commit to not overturning Roe v. Wade when asked by Senator Blumenthal.


Kavanaugh refused to promise to uphold the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions:


Kavanaugh refused to answer Senator Klobuchar’s question on whether Trump could choose not to enforce a law to protect people with pre-existing conditions: “Senator, that’s a pending case so I cannot talk about it.”


Kavanaugh refused to promise Senator Whitehouse that he would uphold pre-existing condition protections.


Kavanaugh refused to answer important questions on executive power:


Kavanaugh refused to answer Senator Leahy’s question on presidential pardons: “Sir, I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions of that sort.”


Kavanaugh refused to answer Senator Feinstein’s question about whether a sitting president must respond to a subpoena: “I can’t give you an answer on that hypothetical question.”


Kavanaugh refused to answer Senator Coons' question on whether he stands by his view that a president can fire at will a prosecutor who is investigating him.


Kavanaugh refused to commit to Senator Blumenthal’s question if he will recuse himself from cases involving Trump’s criminal liability.