The president has long wanted to get rid of the deputy attorney general, but aides say recent revelations in Justice Department memos should be held in reserve.
In mock questioning sessions, the Supreme Court nominee declined to answer some questions that he felt were too personal.
The order called for nearly every federal agency to study how companies like Facebook police their platforms and refer instances of “bias” to the Justice Department for further study.
William “Brock” Long to remain in his job after admitting to misuse of government vehicles.
The nomination fight is also roiled by accusations from a prominent Kavanaugh friend, who names another former student as possibly responsible for the alleged sexual assault.
Trump lashed out at Congress for failing to deliver the barrier, but many in the GOP say it is impractical, unrealistic and too costly.
The clash between Brock Long and Kirstjen Nielsen has distracted from what’s seen thus far as a successful federal response to Hurricane Florence.
Lawyers for the Supreme Court pick’s accuser say the rush for a public hearing on Monday is unfair.
Republican officials fear that an impulsive statement from the president could hurt the Supreme Court nominee and the party amid sexual assault allegations.
The president faced rare booing from Republican lawmakers when he criticized Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who was not in the room.