On the first day, Democrats tried to stop the hearings before they got started. Releasing committee confidential documents could result in expulsion from the Senate, but on Thursday Booker called it an act of civil disobedience and challenged Republican Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, "Apply the rule".
Booker later posted the documents on Twitter. "Cory and Senate Democrats were able to shame the committee into agreeing to make last night's documents publicly available, and Cory publicly released those documents as well as other committee confidential documents today".
Leahy said there were emails from Kavanaugh's time working for the George W. Bush administration that contradicted testimony he gave. The email was sent to a Republican Senate aide. So what would you say to pro-life people about what you heard Judge Kavanaugh say about precedence on precedence yesterday, Senator Sasse? Kavanaugh, writes The Fix's Aaron Blake, has some explaining to do on this discrepancy. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday, Kavanaugh explained he was simply summarizing views of legal scholars, not offering his own view.
Harris, a former prosecutor, did not say during the almost eight-minute exchange why she was asking the question, but she seemed to surprise Kavanaugh.
"You just can't do everything you want in a legislative body", he said. " ... Why is it so hard for you to acknowledge your response to the question and acknowledge that at least your answer was misleading, if not wrong?"
"No one is above the law", Kavanaugh replied.
"Simply put, Kavanaugh committed perjury", political analyst Matt McDermott wrote in response to Feinstein's tweet. It didn't seem to work.
"Can a sitting president be required to respond to a subpoena?"
The committee's ranking member, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). "Why is that not a thumbs up?"
"I am told he was editing an op-ed or something for clarity and was merely stating a fact, which is that three judges on the court were anti-Roe", Collins told reporters. He again declined to say whether the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe v. Wade, was correctly decided, although he indicated - as he did on Wednesday - that it was a decision that merited respect as "an important precedent of the Supreme Court". "And with 102,000 documents withheld by the Trump White House, mostly about judicial nominees, we can bet there's more". His strategy was to avoid commenting on anything remotely related to Trump while emphasizing how much he values an independent judiciary.
But as with abortion, there's plenty in Kavanaugh's past that has his critics concerned. Democratic Sens. Booker, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all widely considered to be potential presidential contenders in 2020, have each used their time in the highly publicized hearings to maximum effect to lay groundwork for a potential campaign.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is clarifying that he can't recall any "inappropriate conversations" with a Washington law firm about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
At times during Day One of questioning, Democrats brought up decades-old cases and engaged in in-the-weeds legal debates with Kavanaugh.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another undecided moderate who supports abortion rights, told reporters on Thursday that she had only seen "the quick headlines" about the 2003 email.
"I'm asking you a very direct question - yes or no?"
"I am right now, before your process is finished, I am going to release the email about racial profiling", Booker said.
Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas spoke up after Booker mentioned his name.