Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Carla Harmon
September 5, 2018

Seth Meyers has put the first day of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing under the microscope, hilariously summing up the feelings of many watching the spectacle.

But Democrats repeatedly demanded additional time to study the 42,000 pages released by the White House just 15 hours before the start of the hearing.

Grassley said that senior Democrats have said in the past that "the best judge of whether a candidate should be on the Supreme Court are the cases they've already heard on lower courts" - and that the same standard should be applied to Kavanaugh.

He said it turned the hearing into a 'charade'.

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D. Kamal Harris, hijacked the Tuesday's hearing nearly as soon as it started and urged the committee to delay the hearing amid protests by liberal activists, some of whom were arrested.

Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wear costumes from "The Handmaid's Tale".

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"What is the rush?"

"What are we trying to hide, why are we rushing?" Cory Booker, D-N.J., said.

Republicans are determined to push President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the full Senate later this month, but Democrats want to press the federal appeals court judge on his views on abortion, health care, guns and other hot-button issues.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added. Trump later says Conway "should've come to me".

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case".

"There will be sparks at this hearing".

"Their motives are clear", Crapo said.


More than 20 witnesses are being called for the coming days of hearings.

Sen. Rob Portman will be one of three people introducing Judge Kavanaugh later this afternoon (assuming the committee gets there).

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of September. Friday will focus on panels of supporters and opponents. The court begins its next term in October. -Calif., who is the ranking member of the committee, finally made her opening statement, she clarified why Senate Democrats and their outside allies were so adamant in opposing Kavanaugh.

With his hand extended, Mr Guttenberg appeared to introduce himself - but after looking directly at him for a few seconds, Mr Kavanaugh turned and walked away.

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27.

The U.S. Justice Department tried to evade this question, but Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia answered it correctly. He has since said that presidents should not be subject to criminal investigations while still in office, a position that could affect Trump in the future.

And Democrats will raise questions regarding Kavanaugh's testimony more than a decade ago about he was involved in the controversial detainee policies of the Bush administration.


The consideration of such drastic move revealed a split between the party's more liberal wing, who wish to stop the confirmation of Kavanaugh by all means necessary, and more senior Democrats, who believe the nomination should be defeated only by following rules and norms. "We're seeing a lot of table pounding this morning", Cruz said. But with Judiciary Committee Democrats divided between younger upstarts and veterans hesitant to completely buck Senate norms, they settled on merely disrupting the proceedings - for now.

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