Kavanaugh declines to answer question on whether he's talked about Mueller probe with people at Trump's attorney's firm

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh late Wednesday declined to say whether he had discussed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia investigation with anyone from a law firm founded by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE’s personal attorney. 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Kamala Harris to Trump: 'Keep George Floyd's name out of your mouth' New England Patriots owner pledges M to social justice causes MORE (D-Calif.) grilled Kavanaugh in a tense exchange on if he had spoken with anyone at Kasowitz Benson & Torres, the firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, telling the nominee:  “Be sure about your answer, sir.”

Kavanaugh dodged answering the question directly, instead asking Harris if she was talking about a specific person.

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“Is there a person you’re talking about? I’m not sure I know everyone who works at that law firm,” he said. “I’m not remembering [any conversation].”

“How can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm?” Harris, a longtime prosecutor and former attorney general of California, asked. “This investigation has only been going on for so long.”

At one point, Kavanaugh asked the senator directly what person she had in mind.

“I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us,” Harris replied.

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Facebook employees speak up against content decisions | Trump's social media executive order on weak legal ground | Order divides conservatives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown MORE (R-Utah) defended Kavanaugh, suggesting Harris give the nominee a list of names.

“Washington is full of law firms, law firms are full of people,” he said.

After a brief interruption from protesters and senators discussing procedural rules for the hearing, Harris continued to press Kavanaugh, who ultimately said he couldn’t answer her question without a “roster of people” who worked at the firm.

A unidentified Democratic aide told Politico that some Democrats "have reason to believe that a conversation happened and are continuing to pursue it." Harris said that she plans to follow up in written questions for Kavanaugh, according to Politico.

Trump hired Kasowitz to represent him in the Mueller probe in May 2017, but he stepped aside from the post just two months later, when he was replaced by Ty Cobb. Kasowitz represented Trump in the Trump University fraud case and is also representing him in the defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who has accused Trump of sexual misconduct.