Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sidestepped questions on Thursday about whether he would recuse himself from cases tied to President Trump or that spawn out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, pressed Kavanaugh to say that if confirmed he would recuse himself from any cases that could come before the Supreme Court, arguing the move would help alleviate “suspicion” that Trump picked Kavanaugh to protect himself from Mueller’s probe.
“Why not right now, right now, even at the jeopardy of President Trump pulling back your nomination, why not now alleviate all of that suspicion that a reasonable person can have?” Booker asked.
“Why not just announce right now that you will recuse yourself from any matters coming before the Supreme Court involving the Mueller investigation?” Booker added.
But Kavanaugh demurred, saying he would not make a commitment on how he could decide or resolve a case that might come before him on the Supreme Court.
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