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WATCH LIVE: Day 2 of Kavanaugh hearings

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears before a Senate committee on September 5, 2018. (NBC News) Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears before a Senate committee on September 5, 2018. (NBC News)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence on the second day of his confirmation hearing Wednesday as he faced questioning from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump's man on the high court. But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself.

Pressed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, on whether he would be independent from the president who nominated him, Kavanaugh responded, "No one is above the law."

But asked later by the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, whether a president can be required to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said, "I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question." The Supreme Court has never answered that question, and it is among the most important at Kavanaugh's hearing since Trump could face a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Kavanaugh also refused to say whether he thinks a president can pardon himself -- or provide a pardon in exchange for a bribe or pardon someone on the understanding that the person wouldn't testify against the president.

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