Brett Kavanaugh is answering Democrats who fear he would not restrain President Donald Trump from the bench, saying the president cannot overrule the courts.
The Supreme Court nominee says during his Senate confirmation hearing that he has not been afraid to invalidate executive branch actions in his 12 years as an appeals court judge.
He adds that he has made clear that a court order “that requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something … is the final word in our system.”
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says his questions to Kavanaugh on the topic stem from the judge’s embrace of robust presidential power and the fact that he has been nominated by Trump.
Durbin said Trump has “shown disrespect for the rule of law over and over again.”