Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

05 September, 2018, 17:39 | Author: Bertha Harmon
  • With Republicans hoping to move the Supreme Court to the right for years to come a Senate committee is beginning hearings for President Donald Trump's second nominee to the court. Trump is seen above at the White House on Friday

That would put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the new term begins October 1.

A judge refused to shake hands with a father whose daughter was killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Not the U.S. Supreme Court.

So in that sense, Tuesday's start to the Kavanaugh hearings marks the natural next step in the Republicans' devastatingly successful strategy to pack the federal courts.

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

But 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", Durbin said.

Many Democratic senators already have announced their intention to vote against Kavanaugh and many Republicans have likewise signaled their support.

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", said Harris at the top of proceedings. As Grassley continued to try reading his opening statement, every other Democrat on the committee, with the exception of ranking member Dianne Feinstein, who stayed above the procedural fray, followed Harris' lead, calling for the hearing to be adjourned because they lacked the necessary information to make a decision.

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Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house. So far, there are no signs of Republican defections. "Now we need other Democrats who aren't on the committee to speak up and oppose this nominee, too", Brian Fallon, director of Demand Justice, an anti-Kavanaugh group, told the outlet.

Democrats signaled they would press Kavanaugh on abortion, gun rights and presidential power when they get to question him on Wednesday in a hearing due to run through Friday.

Strong Democratic opposition to Trump's nominee reflects the political stakes for both parties in advance of the November elections, Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign and the potentially pivotal role Kavanaugh could play in moving the court to the right.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen.

"I think we ought to have this loudmouth removed", Hatch said. Democrats are requesting documents from Kavanaugh's time as former President George W. Bush's staff secretary. Republicans also have released some, but not all, documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in Bush's White House Counsel's Office.

Senate Democrats staged an aggressive bid Tuesday to slow the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as fury over a selection that could tilt the nation's top bench to the right for a generation exploded on Capitol Hill.

Kavanaugh sat silently and impassively for most of the day, occasionally sipping water and taking notes on senators' points.

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Afterward, Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh "did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence".

In an email, the White House spokesman Raj Shah wrote: "I stand by my tweet/email on this topic", when asked about video of the interaction that appears to contradict the White House's claim that security had intervened "before the Judge was able to shake [Guttenberg's] hand".

Democratic Senators mulled making an even more dramatic scene, according to Politico report published Tuesday night.

"The voices heard at today's hearing are the noise of democracy", he said during the hearing, "and it's because we have before us a nominee to the highest court in the land whose record is being hidden from the public". And, since U.S. Supreme Court justices serve for life, Kavanaugh could influence laws for a long time to come.

Soon after, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1. He cited Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan as insisting in their confirmation hearings that nominees can offer no forecasts or hints on how they might rule on a case.

"I'm concerned that he won't be that person", Guttenberg said.

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