Watch Brett Kavanaugh’s Surpreme Court Confirmation Hearing Live

Watch Brett Kavanaugh’s Surpreme Court Confirmation Hearing Live

Watch Brett Kavanaugh’s Surpreme Court Confirmation Hearing Live

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing.

They also say Republicans have blocked access to documents regarding Kavanaugh's work at the White House under George W. Bush.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), who also sits on the judiciary committee, expressed his outrage at Booker's action.

"This is a travesty of justice!" shouted one.

Kavanaugh is said to be a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment, and many worry his appointment to the highest court in the land could derail any effort for changing gun laws nationally.

Amid the nearly continuous disruption, Texas Republican John Cornyn said it was "the first confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice I've seen basically according to mob rule". Both sides want activists to legislate for life from those spots, and both sides are willing to play hardball to win their voter-free elections in the form of confirmation votes.

Kavanaugh declared he would be even-handed in his approach to the law. "And she taught me that good judges must always stand in the shoes of others". "I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge". "I would always strive to be a team player on the team of nine". And, when the group decides cases, justices often split into the same two groups - conservative and liberal. Dick Durbin's (D-IL) office Tuesday night to hammer out strategy for the next day of hearings. His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion a year ago that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody. Kennedy retired at the end of July.

The hearing got off to a rocky start, with Democrats decrying the withholding of the documents and asking to have the proceedings adjourned as Grassley struggled to maintain order. A rule change past year allows the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote. That court is believed to be the second most important court in the country, after the Supreme Court. The American Bar Association has given Kavanaugh its highest rating, well qualified. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) made salient points.

In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh mentioned a 1954 ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal.

If no Democrat ultimately supports the nomination, the Republicans have no margin for error in a Senate they control by 50-49.

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"This nominee has devoted his entire career to a conservative Republican agenda", said Sen. Had Grassley not steamrolled right over Senate rules of procedure, they would have been at least temporarily successful in those efforts. Before chairman Chuck Grassley could even dive into his welcoming statement to Kavanaugh and his family, nearly every Democrat on the panel began offering a series of objections to the hearing, demanding its adjournment in order to have more time to review the new material.

The U.S. Justice Department tried to evade this question, but Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia answered it correctly. Grassley, a Republican, tweeted that his staff completed the review of "each and every one of these pages".

As soon as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R. -Iowa, opened his committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Democratic senators and protesters immediately interrupted the Chairman and demand adjournment.

Some seven hours after the hearing began, Kavanaugh - the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top U.S. judicial body - finally made his opening remarks.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added.

Republicans will hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate once Jon Kyl, the former Arizona senator, is sworn in to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Rob Portman of OH and liberal lawyer Lisa Blatt. NPR and the Washington Post later reported that Kavanaugh was involved in those discussions, offering counsel on how those policies might be judged by the Supreme Court.

Those decisions were flawless fodder for Democrats, who have been pushing for a full release of these documents since President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, to pounce. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege.

The California Democrat said senators in her party would participate in the hearings under a "silent protest" against the White House's conduct in the matter. 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".

Judge Kavanaugh's morning session in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill was put on pause Tuesday, and as Trump's pick for the Supreme Court was getting up to leave.

"Sending out fundraising emails DURING A HEARING about opposition to a Supreme Court nominee is not the job of a Senator". In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans' move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees.

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