Trump's Supreme Court nominee in hot seat as Democrats seek answers

Trump's Supreme Court nominee in hot seat as Democrats seek answers

Right as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) moves to begin, Democrats interjected and made motions to adjourn the hearing, pointing to the thousands of documents that have yet to be reviewed. He put out his hand to Kavanaugh, who paused for a moment before turning away as a security guard stepped in. He says precedent is about judicial independence and ensuring predictability.

Sasse added that Tuesday's hearing shows that both Republicans and Democrats seem to view the Supreme Court as completely partisan. A judge must interpret statutes as written.

That was good enough for GOP senators, who called Judge Kavanaugh a legal giant.

When he does begin testifying Tuesday, Kavanaugh, in his first major test as a Supreme Court nominee on Capitol Hill, is expected to tell senators that he is a "pro-law judge".

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

A demonstrator shouts as Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

"Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended", Guttenberg wrote on Twitter.

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As the hearing eventually got underway amid constant interruptions from protesters, Grassley sought to turn attention to Kavanaugh's qualifications, calling him "one of the most qualified nominees-if not the most qualified nominee-I have seen". Democratic Sen. Cory Booker asked Grassley.

Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate. So far, there are no signs of Republican defections.

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More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority.

The Lede: Day one of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court was chaotic, to say the least.

Hatch grew visibly irritated as protesters interrupted him.

As a young lawyer, Kavanaugh worked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he would replace on the high court. That job involved managing paper flow from advisers to Bush.

Democrats have been fiercely critical of the Trump administration for not providing sufficient documentation about Kavanaugh's time in Bush's White House, where he may have played key roles in terrorism-related decisions such as permitting the torture of detainees.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the room.

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. Video of the encounter was shared widely on social media.

"I wanted to be there to make sure he understands what he's being asked to do has real-world consequences", Guttenberg said.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said security personnel had intervened when an "unidentified individual" approached Kavanaugh.

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