Kavanaugh Hearing Interrupted by Protesters, Dems Call for DELAY — COURT CHAOS


Also outside the hearing room, several women assembled to greet Kavanaugh, dressed as the handmaids from the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale".

Tuesday's hearing ended with Kavanaugh's formal introduction and opening remarks.

The Democrats ultimately come to a compromise - a disruptive and chaotic hearing, Politico reported. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "And there will be a lot of heat".

Grassley ignored the Democrats' request to stop the hearing, saying it was "out of order".

Harris said in her email that Kavanaugh puts "so many of our hard won civil rights - and the rule of law itself - on the line".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says his philosophy is straightforward: a judge must interpret the law, not make the law.

Last year, Kavanaugh praised former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist's dissent in the Roe case and as a sitting federal judge ruled against a young immigrant held in US custody who wanted to obtain an abortion, delaying her care. "I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge". Watch the hearing live. His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion past year that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody.

Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale Law School, worked as a lawyer assisting special counsel Kenneth Starr, who recommended the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying about an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Republicans also past year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first high-court nominee. He retired in July.

Democrats will likely try to portray Kavanaugh as someone too tied to Trump and who will push a conservative agenda on the high court.

And Democrats will raise questions regarding Kavanaugh's testimony more than a decade ago about he was involved in the controversial detainee policies of the Bush administration. "These lawsuits are going to end up in front of a Justice Kavanaugh".

Grassley has called Kavanaugh "one of the most qualified nominees ever picked for the court".

They are also up in arms that some 42,000 documents were released to the committee just on the eve of the hearing.

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Kavanaugh, 53, has a good chance of being confirmed when the Senate votes later this month.

But Democrats can only be left to imagine where they'd be if the importance of this issue hit them before voters last went to the polls.

The Supreme Court nominee is set to answer questions from senators throughout the day for the first time Wednesday. A handful of Democrats facing elections in red states may well join their GOP colleagues in voting in Kavanaugh's favor. Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so.

They pointed to endorsements from fellow judges and Kavanaugh's legal associates, liberals and conservatives, including a number of women.

Kavanaugh, in his statement Tuesday, gave a shout-out to Garland, "our superb chief judge".

In a moment captured by TV cameras, Fred Guttenberg approached Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the start of the lunch break during his confirmation hearing in Washington DC.

Guttenberg attended the confirmation hearing as a guest of Sen. Rob Portman of OH and liberal lawyer Lisa Blatt.

Kavanaugh also promised to be "a team player on the Team of Nine".

Nonetheless, Democrats successfully delayed much of the hearing with long-winded speeches blasting Kavanaugh on the merits of his rulings, writings, and beliefs. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election". While running for president in 2016, Trump told Fox News that if he won, the reversal of the decision would "happen automatically in my opinion because I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

As Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley began reading his opening statement, he was interrupted by Democratic Sen.

Republicans also past year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Trump's first high court nominee Neil Gorsuch. In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans' move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees.

At some point, an organized group of protesters, who were infiltrating the hearing room and posing as citizens interested in watching the proceedings, began adding their voices to the "discussion".

Despite their concerns, Democrats have few tools to block Kavanaugh's path to the high court.