Democrats disrupt start of Kavanaugh hearing with protest over withheld documents

Democrats disrupt start of Kavanaugh hearing with protest over withheld documents”

Ted Cruz, who is fighting for his own re-election in Texas, apologized to Kavanaugh for the spectacle he said had less to do about the judge's legal record than Trump in the White House.

He said during his 12 years as a federal appeals judge, he decided more than 300 cases. He said he would not decide cases on his personal views.

"I am a pro-law judge", he declared. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. The organization said in a statement its members went to Capitol Hill as a show of dissent against what it called Kavanaugh's "anti-abortion, anti-health care and anti-women" views, calling the Trump nominee "an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women's basic rights". Republicans are expected to try to paint the nominee as an independent thinker and a principled jurist. But the justices often say they seek consensus when they can, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions.

Ahead of the release of an explosive new book about the White House from Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward, President Trump threw his staff under the bus, complaining that they did not tell him that Woodward had requested an interview. Although Senate Repulicans did ask for documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel, the Democrats weren't satisfied. "These lawsuits are going to end up in front of a Justice Kavanaugh".

Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh will restrict abortion rights or even aim to overturn Roe v. Wade, ease gun restrictions, and protect the president.

Expectations were low for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, and Senate Democrats on Tuesday wasted no time meeting them.

Some seven hours after the hearing began, Kavanaugh - the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top U.S. judicial body - finally made his opening remarks.

The National Archives handed over to the committee an additional 42,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh's past work for the George W. Bush administration the night before the hearing, in addition to the thousands of documents the committee already received.

With Senator John McCain's death, the Republican Senate majority shrank to 50-49, but McCain's replacement is likely be seated before a final vote on Kavanaugh, restoring the majority to 51-49 and providing the votes needed for confirmation.

Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, a Republican, rejected a motion to vote on a postponement. The White House cited executive privilege for keeping some of the documents under wraps.

"You're out of order", Grassley told Harris. With respect to Justice Kagan, I had a firsthand seat to that.

Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights. Republicans need just 50 votes - their entire conference at the moment - to clear Kavanaugh's nomination. There were no signs of Republican defections.

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