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Looking Back and Ahead: Durbin Talks Kavanaugh, Chicago Mayoral Race


President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears on course to be the new conservative justice on the bench.

But Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings had its share of drama, chaos, protesters and deep partisanship over his nomination.

Those moments included a question from Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D) regarding statements Kavanaugh made during a 2006 confirmation hearing for his current post in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Emails released during last week's hearings appear to contradict what Kavanaugh's said in 2006 about his involvement with the 2003 nomination of William Haynes, a controversial Department of Defense lawyer.

“In the last few days, these documents have come out to prove he did in fact get involved with the nomination of Mr. Haynes,” said Durbin. “I don’t believe he gave us a complete and accurate answer to us under oath.”

Also last week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he’s not seeking re-election.

Durbin said the announcement was a shock, and although he’s not “picking his favorite” candidate from the growing pool just yet, he’s looking forward to supporting one.

Being mayor “is an important job, and one of the most important in the nation – to be the mayor of a great city,” he said.

Durbin joins Eddie Arruza to discuss Kavanaugh, Chicago’s mayoral race and bipartisanship.


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