Protesters interrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing for second day

Protesters interrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing for second day

Kavanaugh has served as a judge for 12 years after being appointed by Bush.

Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., the judiciary panel's top Democrat, echoed the sentiment of the protesters.

Kavanaugh stood by his 2006 testimony when nominated for the appellate court when he said he was not involved in some Bush-era policies, particularly a bill-signing statement on the treatment of terror suspects that would have passed his desk as staff secretary. Many Democrats already say they will oppose his nomination.

Moments after Grassley opened the session, Democrats decried the withholding of the documents and asked to have the proceedings adjourned.

Outbursts from protesters could be heard as Wednesday's opening statements got underway.

On Wednesday, under questioning from Democrats, Kavanaugh declined invitations to promise he would not vote to reverse Roe, saying it would violate judicial norms to promise a vote on any particular case. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

"We can not possibly move forward". Republicans countered Kavanaugh's judicial opinions, which should be the greatest indicators of his qualifications, are public record and should be the focus of the hearing.

The committee within minutes released various documents that Democrats had requested.

Republican Senator John Cornyn branded the chaos "mob rule". "Democratic senators interrupted the hearing 63 times before lunch, and in the audience, 70 people were arrested yesterday who were following their lead". "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election".

But when asked more specific questions, including whether a president can be required to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said, "I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question". Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Meanwhile, CNN reported that two Democratic Senators facing reelection in states where Trump won by double digits, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin, said they have seen nothing disqualifying him from confirmation so far.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms". Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush.

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Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.

The vote over Kavanaugh comes at a crucial juncture in the campaign season - and presents a huge risk for Democrats no matter what they do. He also accused them of obstruction.

The back two rows of the hearing room are reserved for the public.

"Of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about", Kavanaugh said. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

Chuck Grassley addresses document debate in Supreme Court nomination.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, holds up a worn copy of the Constitution of the United States as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018.

Kavanaugh's Republican supporters say he is one of the most qualified jurists ever to be considered for the nation's highest court. Booker had the backing of Democratic colleagues in demanding the release of that document and others.

But Leahy said that based on emails given to the Senate Judiciary Committee before the hearing, there is new evidence that Kavanaugh was aware of the stolen information.

The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month. There's a distinct possibility and even a likelihood that issues concerning his personal criminal or civil liability may come before this Supreme Court as early as the next term.

A coalition of faith-based groups, including Jewish Women International and Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, sent an August 31 letter to the senator saying they "fear that Judge Kavanaugh, if confirmed, will not uphold the right of each pregnant woman to make the best choice for her circumstance".

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