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Trump high court nominee on track with Senate hearing wrapping up
A Senate committee on Friday (September 7) held the final day of its hearing on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, with the conservative U.S. appeals court judge appearing to be on course to secure confirmation despite Democratic opposition. In its fourth day of the hearing, the committee on Friday heard from outside witnesses testifying for and against the nomination, with protesters again interrupting the proceedings in opposition to Kavanaugh. Among those testifying were two representatives of the American Bar Association, the leading U.S. professional group for lawyers, who said a panel that rates judicial nominees gave Kavanaugh a "well qualified" rating. Other witnesses warned that Kavanaugh could help cement a "decades long effort to destroy Roe v. Wade" the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide. Kavanaugh has signaled respect for the ruling, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.