One of the biggest concerns Democrats have had regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, has been his history of statements which imply that a president is at least partially above the law. And as today’s second full day of confirmation hearings in the Senate began, Democrat Dianne Feinstein wasted no time expressing these concerns.
Moments ago Feinstein asked the much anticipated question of “can a sitting president be required to respond to a subpoena.”
Kavanaugh’s response certainly didn’t ease concerns of Democrats who fear that Kavanaugh could be a deciding vote in any case related to a possible request by Robert Mueller to subpoena President Trump in the Russia probe.
“That’s a hypothetical question about what would be an elaboration or a difference from US v. Nixon’s precise holding.” Kavanaugh then went on to cite the “Justice Ginsburg principle,” saying “I can’t give you an answer on that hypothetical question.”
The entire back-and-forth between Kavanaugh and Senator Feinstein can be viewed below:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “Can a sitting president be required to respond to a subpoena?”
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) September 5, 2018