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New Kavanaugh Emails Shed Light On His Thoughts About Abortion, Race

Sen. Cory Booker released the emails Thursday, Kavanuagh's third day of hearings.
Posted at 7:00 PM, Sep 06, 2018

New previously private documents were one of the main focal points of debate during the third day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearings. 

The emails, released by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, called into question Kavanaugh's views on Roe vs. Wade and certain racial issues.

In an email from March 2003, Kavanaugh wrote, "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so."

This clashes with what Kavanaugh said in 2006: that he would follow Roe vs. Wade QUOTE "fully and faithfully," and considered the ruling "binding precedent."  

At Thursday's hearing, Kavanaugh said he wrote the email to make sure legal scholars' opinions were accurately represented. He has yet to express his personal views on the case during his hearings.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray said, "he was literally counting the number of judges who stand ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

Another email from 2002 was titled "racial profiling." In it, Kavanaugh debated the immediate need for "race neutral" airport systems following Sept. 11, and suggested racial profiling could be advantageous to security.