Hatch questions Kavanaugh about loyalty to Trump in Supreme Court confirmation hearing

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  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 6:43 a.m.

    I question Hatch's loyalty to Trump!

    Today he claimed that he had served the pubic for 40 years. How did he do that after promising he would only serve a short time? And somehow his personal wealth increased substantially? How did that happen?

    He said that he would not serve that long. He passed tax legislation legislation that put money back into his own pockets. Possibly millions. Public servant? No he lived off the dole all of these years and all we get as Utah citizens is that "library".

    That won't get many visitors.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 9:02 p.m.

    Kavanaugh's adherence to the Constitution is what the Democrats fear. And the Democrats don't really want everybody accountable to the law; otherwise there would be a special investigator checking on Hillary Clinton ( concerning her storage of classified information on her home computer ) and the DNC involvement with the Steele Dossier and their claim of being 'hacked'. The latter was never really investigated; investigators only took the DNC's word ( the word of people they hired; they refused to let the FBI do the checking ). Interesting that it was Comey as FBI director both times.

  • SC Matt Saline, MI
    Sept. 7, 2018 12:30 p.m.

    @Sophie 62:

    "I'm concerned there will be more rulings like Citizens United."

    What's wrong with people making a movie about a politician and showing that movie to others?

    Isn't that really what freedom of speech is all about? The ability to actually make an argument in the public square, to influence the future of the country?

    Would you have been against publishing "Common Sense?"

  • Sophie 62 Spring City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 12:28 a.m.

    I am less worried about Kavanaugh overturning Roe than I am about him backing the corporate world over the rights of Americans to maintain clean water and air access.
    Over the rights of Americans to have unions to support and protect people from corporations.
    I'm concerned that, given his anti-regulation philosophy, we will again be at the mercy of banks and other financial institutions that have destroyed the lives and security of millions. 2008. remember that?
    I'm concerned there will be more rulings like Citizens United.
    I think the reason they're trying to rush this through is to keep Republicans from knowing the details in these missing documents.
    They know Dems aren't going to confirm. It would take just a few honest Reps to derail this confirmation.
    Otherwise, what's the hurry?
    Let everybody see all the pertinent documents and make an informed decision. Or are they afraid of the truth?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 6, 2018 7:04 a.m.

    More documents won't make a difference in how the Democrats are going to vote. None at all. The only reason that they want them is to find on small detail to hammer Kavanaugh on that would normally be inconsequential. Most of the Democrats won't vote for him. They have already said so.

    So the hearings are a farce due to that.

    Grassley ought to dump the hearings and McConnell ought to have a full Senate vote tomorrow.

    No reason to keep this leftist tragedy going.

    All of you that talk about "loyalty to Trump". That is such a wrong headed argument it makes me laugh. Kavanaugh, if he gets confirmed will be on the Supreme Court long after Trump leaves town. Trump can rant and rave all he wants. Won't make a difference on how the court decides cases.

    All of you whining about Garland, maybe he'll get his day someday. You sound like Bob Bennett supporters still whining that Bob lost in convention. Of Hillary supporters whining that she won the popular vote.

  • Matt in MI Saline, MI
    Sept. 5, 2018 11:29 p.m.

    @Jim Chee:

    "Personally, I want an individual who is a centrist,"

    So, just out of curiosity, were you disappointed when Obama nominated Sotomayor and Kagan?

    Did you want a centrist then, or were you OK with those nominations?

    Furthermore, if you get your way now, and Trump is forced to withdraw this nomination and install a centrist, would you feel the same when a future Democratic President needs to replace Ginsburg?

    Would you want a centrist then too?

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 5, 2018 10:10 p.m.

    At least we get to witness partisan politics at its best.

    What more could we ask for?


  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 8:54 p.m.

    His first and foremost loyalty should be to this country above any president or members of Congress of either party.

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    Sept. 5, 2018 6:24 p.m.

    McMurphy - St George, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2018 3:01 p.m.

    "And why do the Democrats need to see more documents? They have already decided to vote against him."

    If all Democrats voted against Brett Kavanaugh, he would become the next Supreme Court justice. The demand to see controversial documents is not to convince themselves not to support Kavanaugh, but to show the American people problems with this candidate.

    Whether Kavanaugh was selected to protect Donald Trump were Trump were indicted or to complete at a partisan, conservative court is an issue. But to have a man on the court of controversial decisions and an extreme view on issues requires careful consideration.

    Personally, I want an individual who is a centrist, interprets the law in ways that apply today, and is knowledgeable and has the intellect to make good decisions. Kavanaugh doesn't reflect that desire. I would be more comfortable with a conservative nominee if Mitch McConnell had been honest and given Merrick Garland the same regard that he demands for Kavanaugh.

    I was appalled by Kavanaugh's rebuke of Fred Guttenberg. The look of scorn on Kavanaugh's face was chilling.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Sept. 5, 2018 5:00 p.m.

    The Supreme Court Justices should be loyal to only the American people, not Trump, not Obama, not Bush, not Clinton.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Sept. 5, 2018 4:25 p.m.

    Hatch is what he is.

  • SC Matt Saline, MI
    Sept. 5, 2018 3:43 p.m.


    "I do not believe a single elected member of the GOP cares one bit about the United States and this SCOTUS dog and pony show proves it."

    That seems rather partisan, don't you think?

    Certainly not "impartial."

    I expect that there are a few elected people, of both parties, who simply care about the power inherent in their position.

    But I expect most of them care about the US and the people.

    Even those I disagree with.

    You might call it "being impartial."

    Personally, the vindictive part of me would have liked to see Garland treated like Bork. And furthermore, I thought the leadership was short-sighted because I expected Obama to withdraw Garland's name on the morning of 11/9/16 after Hillary won.

    But instead of treating Garland like Bork, they simply said "no." "We're not going to try to destroy your character, you're still a good person, but we're going to wait a bit."

    And like I said, I thought it was a dumb move, since I expected a Justice much worse than Garland was going to be the result.

  • McMurphy St George, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2018 3:01 p.m.

    @ Ralph

    And why do the Democrats need to see more documents? They have already decided to vote against him.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:56 p.m.

    @Ernest T. Bass - Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:10 p.m.
    Loyalty to trump? Come on Orrin, how about loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. I do not believe a single elected member of the GOP cares one bit about the United States and this SCOTUS dog and pony show proves it."

    You got that right. Today's GOP would kick Ronald Reagan out for being too leftist. Stalin, no. Putin, No. Reagan, yes.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:44 p.m.

    Hatch has sworn loyalty to the republican president.

    Hatch said the republican president was the greatest ever!

    The republican shoe-in for a lifetime appointment would have never been handed the job if the republican president thought he would fail to be loyal.

    He is ready, willing and able to do the republican president's bidding.


    If you were going to give someone a lifetime job, wouldn't it be a good idea to have all documentation regarding the job seeker?

    Or is the fact that he will do as he is told...enough documentation?

    I rest my case.

  • SC Matt Saline, MI
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:31 p.m.


    Why are you worried about Trump when we're talking about a USSC vacancy?

    Isn't the question whether the candidate is qualified or not?

    Remember, Elena Kagan was nominated by Obama while the Senate was majority Democrat, at about the same time into Obama's term as we are now into Trump's.

    And Kagan was confirmed by a Senate of the same party, even when a filibuster was still part of the Senate rules for USSC nominees, without a lot of drama. She even got 5 (R) votes.

    So, even if everything that Woodward claims about Trump is true, it's still part of his duty to nominate somebody for a vacancy on the USSC.

    There's no part of the constitution that says "Ralph needs to like the choice."

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:24 p.m.

    On Woodward's book; He has been called out for false reporting by two distinguished people in the book, Mattis and Kelly. Red flags there, friend. Having read some of Woodward's other books, I was always amazed at the word - for word conversations. Suspiciously like an historical novel. On Kavanaugh's legal history - his stints on the bench have not been hidden from the public; not like a FISA Judge. I suppose some people want to read his college notes maybe or the letter to Aunt Jane ( if there is one). Asking for tens of thousands of documents is an obvious harassment and delaying ploy.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:12 p.m.

    Hatch's loyatly to Trump is unquestioned. Hopefully, his office got lit up yesterday with his constituents concern of Trump's comments about Jeff Sessions and the justice department over the weekend. Never have we had a President ask his justice department to look the other way on crimes committed by members of his own party. The fact Hatch and Lee remain quiet speaks volumes for their true loyalty and where they stand on our constitution and law of the land.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    Loyalty to trump? Come on Orrin, how about loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. I do not believe a single elected member of the GOP cares one bit about the United States and this SCOTUS dog and pony show proves it.
    The may be the beginning of the end of the US as we know it and what Hatch is doing is like pouring gasoline on a fire.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 2:06 p.m.


    On Woodward’s book:
    “I’m gonna need to see direct evidence of his claims if I’m going to believe him”

    On Kavanaugh’s legal history:
    “Why do we need to see more evidence. I already believe him”

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 1:55 p.m.

    He does not want to talk about his role in authorizing torture. Imagine that.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 1:42 p.m.

    Kavanaugh is as good a Justice as anyone could expect under the circumstances.

    And that's not bad. I think he will do a fine job.

    My and many people's concerns about Kavanaugh overturning Roe v Wade, while justified in light of past statements by Trump and Kavanaugh, are unlikely to be a real problem.

    I believe his testimony that he considers Roe as "established law" and precedent. It is extremely unlikely that just the right case would arise to give the SCOTUS any opportunity to affect Roe, and even more unlikely that the Court would overturn almost 50 years of precedent.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 1:33 p.m.

    Crazy Town requires extreme loyalty or chaos.