The week of hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination began with a sense of inevitability that the 53-year-old appellate judge eventually will be confirmed, perhaps in time for the new term on October 1 and little more than a month before congressional elections. 4, 2018, to be suspended. "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice", shouted one woman. "Cancel Brett Kavanaugh, adjourn the hearing". Charles Grassley, R-Iowa began spelling out the ground rules, Sen.
Even before finishing his sentence, Grassley was interrupted by Kamala Harris, the Democratic senator from California.
Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order. "This is a president who has shown us consistently that he is contemptuous of the rule of law".
Their contention? On Monday night, the White House released some 42,000 documents related to Kavanaugh's work with previous administrations.
The Republicans argued Kavanaugh's job was not to give his opinion to the president but to ensure that the chief executive received "well-rounded" counsel on any particular issue.
"As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah tweeted.
"Democrats complain about documents, but every one has committed to voted against him", he said. Previous year she announced she would be participating in a protest in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program outside of Trump Tower in NYC.
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Blumenthal charged that "no administration in the past has engaged in this kind of concealment". Chris Coons, D-Del., added: "Whether President Trump may have selected you, Judge Kavanaugh, with an eye towards protecting himself".
Grassley responded that Kavanaugh will have opportunity to any answer questions about his White House service. What we've heard is the noise of democracy.
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, agreed, calling Democrats' complaints "trumped up".
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., admitted he and other Democrats participated in the call.
"He turned away and moved quickly when I was said who I was", Guttenberg said.
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He accused Trump and Republicans of "judicial activism", saying the president chose Kavanaugh because he wants to overturn Roe and eliminate Obamacare.
"Any claim that this has been a thorough, transparent process is downright Orwellian", Leahy said.
"And it's that president who has decided you are his man".
Senators will start questioning Kavanaugh early Wednesday. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge.
The title "Judge Kavanaugh", he said, "will always belong to my mom".
Kavanaugh, who serves alongside Garland on the D.C. federal appeals court, spoke highly of his colleague, describing Garland as "superb" in his opening statement.
"The justices on the Supreme Court do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle", he said.
He repeated his judicial philosophy of interpreting the law rather than making the law.
"In each case, I have followed the law", he said. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", he said.
"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".
"What are we trying to hide?" asked Sen.
Kavanaugh said he looks forward to the rest of the hearing and answering the senators' questions. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences". "I can't be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away".
Kavanaugh also promised to be "a team player on the Team of Nine".