Kavanaugh hearing opens in chaos

Kavanaugh hearing opens in chaos

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.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

The paper, issued just as Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee began, carries an urgent call to action. Given that he's Trump's nominee, many people on the left are fearful he would vote to weaken or overturn the law. He has served for the past 12 years on the appeals court in Washington, DC.

She said this "clunky choreography" was meant to fluster Republicans and, more importantly, mobilize the Democrats' left-wing base ahead of November's midterm elections. "And she taught me that good judges must always stand in the shoes of others".

Minutes after Mr Kavanaugh, 53, entered the committee rooms on Tuesday, the hearing was disrupted by angry shouts from members of the public and lawmakers alike.

Republican senator Orrin Hatch said Kavanaugh was one of the most impressive Supreme Court nominees he had come across despite Democrats portraying him as "one of four horsemen of the apocalypse". Democratic senators and protesters immediately interrupted the Chairman and demand adjournment.

Many Democratic senators already have announced their intention to vote against Kavanaugh and many Republicans have likewise signaled their support.

"I don't go home to my complete family anymore - my daughter was killed - and I am really concerned about how he is going to rule on certain things that matter a lot to me", Guttenberg told CNN, "because I don't want to see other families go through what we've gone through". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee. "And therefore, we are there to do our job", said Senator Mazie Hirono.

"You had a chance and you lost", Graham said, referring to the 2016 presidential contest.

Though the men note that "these precedents. have not yet been applied to require a Supreme Court justice to recuse, they plot a trajectory that points unmistakably in that direction". The justices on the Supreme Court do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal was saying Democrats had been "denied the documents we need" after the release of 42,000 documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House just hours before the hearing began. While over 415,000 pages of documents have already been released, others are now being withheld under executive privilege.

Democrats are bemoaning a gap in Kavanaugh's official record totaling some 35 months in the White House. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy asked. "And I have seen more of those than any person serving in the Senate today". Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

"It is about politics", said Cruz. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, as committee Democrats pushed repeatedly to postpone the hearing. "Sparks will fly", said Sen.

Durbin also questioned Kavanaugh's credibility. Rather than engage Fred, however, Kavanaugh shot him a confused look and turned away. refusing to talk to the guy.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution". He was also part of the legal team that investigated then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.

"I believe it is vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote.

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