Democrats disrupt start of Kavanaugh hearing with protest over withheld documents

Michele Stevens
September 5, 2018

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.

Kavanaugh is Trump's nominee to join the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh is widely seen as the key to completing Trump's campaign pledge to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision which affirmed that American women have the right to abortion care.

Committee chair, Republican Chuck Grassley, admitted he had lost control of the hearings and berated himself for not being tougher on his fellow senators.

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, took aim on Wednesday at those who have defended Kavanaugh, accusing them of letting a "lack of humanity" take a back seat to their support for the conservative judge.

"I put out my hand and I said: 'My name is Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland, ' and he walked away", Guttenberg said in an interview with the Guardian.

"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", Kavanaugh said.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed on Twitter that security intervened before Kavanaugh had a chance to respond to Guttenberg. A handful of Democrats facing elections in red states may well join their GOP colleagues in voting in Kavanaugh's favor. Today's efforts were to gather all the relevant tweets for those that are interested in the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, but not be able to spend the day listening to CNN - you know, like the majority of Above the Law's audience. The three men argue for what amounts to a two-fold rationale for shutting down the confirmation hearings.

Some of the sessions have focused on making sure that he was comfortable "with people shouting him down" or being heckled by protesters.

Democrats painted him as a right-wing extremist who would fail to hold Trump accountable.

"If you watch the video, you see that's not the case, " Guttenberg said. There has been speculation Booker and Harris might consider 2020 presidential runs. "And he was a champion of liberty", Kavanaugh will say, per the excerpts.

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward: a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he said. He also saying being a good judge means paying attention to words that are written-Constitution, statutes.

He said that throughout his 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit he had ruled in favour of both workers and business, at times for environmentalists and at others for coal miners.

He worked under special counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.

"There's a 35-month black hole in your White House career where we've been denied access to any and all documents", Durbin said.

Before being taken away from the hearing room, Shaunna Thomas, executive director of the women's advocacy group UltraViolet, told the committee, "Senators, on behalf of the millions of women across the country whose rights will be stripped by a Kavanaugh court, I demand you reject this nomination".

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. Dianne Feinstein of California, the panel's senior Democrat.

Harris opened the protest as soon as Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley brought the hearing to order in line with a plan drawn up by Democrats over the weekend. Democratic senators urged the committee adjourn because the White House released additional documents Monday night from Kavanaugh's time with the George W. Bush administration.

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.

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