Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Continues

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Continues

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Continues

Kavanaugh underscored the importance of judicial independence, saying, "That takes some backbone".

If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said. A judge must interpret statutes as written.

The protest came just as Democratic senators were staging their own opposition to Kavanaugh.

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy", said Sen.

Kavanaugh made eye contact with him "long enough for me to say who I was", Guttenberg said.

"We can not possibly move forward", said Sen.

"We work in a more collegial way than what you're seeing on television", he said.

Democrats also pushed for the release of 100,000 more pages they say are being withheld by the administration, particularly those related to his time in ex-president George W Bush's legal office and as White House staff secretary.

Grassley called the Democrats' request to halt the hearing "out of order" and accused them of obstruction.

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Chuck Schumer and other Democrats reportedly considered staging a mass walkout during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but feared such move would only give ammunition to Republicans. There were no signs of Republican defections. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer complained it was impossible to go through them in time. "Use any means available to attempt to delay the confirmation process of a well-qualified jurist, fit for the job, indefinitely".

"You are the nominee of President Donald John Trump".

In a tweet Monday, Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the recent indictments of two Republican members of Congress on corruption charges and for the timing, so close to the midterm elections.

"If you watch the video, you see that's not the case, " Guttenberg said. He asked Kavanaugh, who sat before the committee with White House officials behind him, to introduce his parents, wife and children.

But Republicans countered that lawmakers can easily assess Kavanaugh's record from the hundreds of opinions he's written during a dozen years as a D.C. federal appeals court judge, including more than a dozen opinions where his reasoning was adopted by the Supreme Court. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was gunned down along with 16 others during a shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida in February, reached out his hand to Kavanaugh and introduced himself.

"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", Kavanaugh said. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

Kavanaugh, now a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will also praise his colleague Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's unsuccessful Supreme Court nominee.

Democrats will likely try to portray Kavanaugh as someone too tied to Trump and who will push a conservative agenda on the high court. A rule change previous year allows the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote. Two of their main themes: a claimed right to abortion and the alleged unwillingness of the committee, which had yet to substantively start its hearing, to thoroughly vet Kavanaugh. Rather than engage Fred, however, Kavanaugh shot him a confused look and turned away. refusing to talk to the guy.

"I find it hard to imagine that your views on this subject escaped the attention of President Trump, who seems increasingly fixated on his own ballooning legal jeopardy", Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said.

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