Kamala Harris Probes Kavanaugh Over Abortion, Voting Rights, and Russia Probe
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was the second to last to ask Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh questions on day two of the confirmation hearings, but she was by far the most fiery. The former prosecutor asked Kavanaugh if he knew of any laws “that the government has power to make over the male body?” The entire room was silent for three seconds before Kavanaugh replied: “Um…I’m happy to answer a more specific question, but,” Kavanaugh continued. “Male versus female, ” Harris responded curtly. Kavanaugh fumbled a few more moments before Harris repeated the question. “I’m not aware of any right now, Senator,” Kavanaugh finally responded. Following a series of questions about specific instances of voter suppression, Harris asked whether or not Kavanaugh believed Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act was constitutional. Kavanaugh refused to answer. After questions about laws protecting minorities' voting rights, she also pressed Kavanaugh on whether he agrees with Donald Trump's claim that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville last year. "I am not here to assess comments made in the political arena, because the risk is I'll be drawn into the political arena," Kavanaugh responded. Then came an eyebrow-raising moment. Harris asked Kavanaugh if he has ever discussed the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation with attorneys at the Kasowitz, Benson and Torres law firm. Marc Kasowitz, a partner at the firm, is one of Trump's personal lawyers. Kavanaugh appeared puzzled by the question and asked Harris if she was referring to a specific person. Harris seemed unconvinced by Kavanaugh's reaction. "I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us," she said. The tense exchange went around in circles for several minutes as Kavanaugh repeatedly declined to answer Harris’ question, saying he didn’t know everyone employed by the firm and probing the lawmaker for a specific name. See Harris’ questioning here.