Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Senate Judiciary holds confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee

Senate Judiciary holds confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee

Before chairman Chuck Grassley could even dive into his welcoming statement to Kavanaugh and his family, nearly every Democrat on the panel began offering a series of objections to the hearing, demanding its adjournment in order to have more time to review the new material. "I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence", Guttenberg tweeted. "I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge". Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy.

Trump jumped into the fray late in the day, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh.

"There's no intention to disrupt [it] but we are deeply concerned, and we talked about it as a group yesterday - I'm not denying that - it was a conversation about what are we gonna do", Sen.

The mostly female demonstrators shouted out that Mr Kavanaugh would allow President Trump to pardon himself.

There is a long history of heated fights over US Supreme Court nominations.

Kavanaugh is Trump's nominee to join the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh turned, looked at Guttenberg, and walked away. Blumenthal, who had the most objections and repeatedly demanded an adjournment, announced his opposition to Kavanaugh the same day his appointment was announced.

Among those introducing Kavanaugh was Democratic friend and attorney Lisa Blatt, who said that because the presidency and Senate are in Republican hands, "Judge Kavanaugh is the best choice that liberals could reasonably hope for in these circumstances". Democratic senators urged the committee adjourn because the White House released additional documents Monday night from Kavanaugh's time with the George W. Bush administration. But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed. President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, who retired earlier this year.

Rebuffed in their request to delay the hearing, Democrats are planning to shine a light on Kavanaugh's views on abortion, executive power and whether Trump could be forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

A Catholic, he has been a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington for the past 11 years.

But on Tuesday, Democrats were finally given a chance to tell the public why they are so intent on reviewing certain documents. But consistent with the uproar of the Trump era, Kavanaugh was upstaged even before he delivered his opening statement, as stunning revelations began to emerge of a new book by veteran reporter Bob Woodward that portrays Trump as a grave threat to national security and raging and incompetent.

That fact was true when Democrats campaigned for Senate seats and the presidency in 2016 - when Scalia's death created an actual vacancy on the court.

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.

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