Leahy accuses Kavanaugh of receiving stolen emails

Published: Sep. 5, 2018 at 3:32 PM EDT
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Confirmations hearings continued Wednesday for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Things got off to a testy start Tuesday as Democrats moved to delay the hearing. They moved at a better pace Wednesday, though, with Democratic and Republican senators grilling Kavanaugh on his views on torture and abortion.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, accused Kavanaugh of receiving emails stolen by a GOP Senate staffer back in 2003. Kavanaugh wouldn't rule out having received such emails but said if he did, he didn't think anything of it at the time.

Sen. Patrick Leahy: That wouldn't have surprised you? That if you got an email saying from somebody spying on Democrats?

Judge Brett Kavanaugh: Well, is there such an email, sir?

Sen. Patrick Leahy: Well, we'd have to ask the chairman what he has in his confidential material.

Leahy also pressed Kavanaugh about the limits of presidential pardon power. When asked if President Trump could pardon himself, Kavanaugh said he'd never looked or written about the issue and couldn't answer a hypothetical question.