Democrats Fail to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Despite Pandemonium, Protests

Democrats Fail to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Despite Pandemonium, Protests

Democrats Fail to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Despite Pandemonium, Protests

Answering a question from Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, Kavanaugh said he could not commit to recusing himself from any cases involving investigations or civil lawsuits relating to the president. Dianne Feinstein of California, the panel's senior Democrat.

The police said in a statement on Tuesday that they had "responded to numerous incidents of unlawful demonstration activities within the Senate Office Buildings today that were associated with the first day of hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Committee".

But with Wednesday offering the first opportunity for lawmakers to question Kavanaugh, it is unclear what disruptions, if any, will emerge.

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution", he said holding up a tattered pocket-size copy of the document.

But abortion was her chief focus.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

His job, he said, was to asses whether the Trump administration's policy was consistent with Supreme Court precedent.

He worked under special counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.

We were especially troubled to learn from Mr. Burck's letter that the bulk of the withheld documents concern Judge Kavanaugh's involvement in "the selection and nomination of judicial candidates" by the Bush administration.

Sasse then used a hypothetical president from the "purple" party that gets drunk and hits someone with their auto to press Kavanaugh if he thought that hypothetical president would be "immune" from being sued or charged with a crime. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said a committee vote is likely to occur September 20. Trump's Justice Department has said it will not defend the law against pending challenges from the states.

Trump has often criticized the judiciary.

Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh had asserted the importance of judicial independence, stressing that it is a key value he strives for as a judge.

"That takes some backbone".

Kavanaugh mentioned the 1954 Brown ruling ending racial segregation in public schools and a 1974 ruling ordering President Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal as examples of judges making tough calls despite intense partisan pressures. He also would not say whether he believes the president can be subpoenaed to testify.

"Respect for precedent is important".

"A good judge must be an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favours no litigant or policy", he said in the excerpts released by the White House.

The Washington Post reports, senators wanted to cut off the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh because of the 42,000 pages of documents sent to the Judiciary Committee on Monday from Kavanaugh's time in the White House under George W. Bush.

"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen.

News photographers clicked pictures of a smiling Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, as he entered the hearing room along with his wife and two daughters.

For a second day, protesters interrupted proceedings before being removed by security personnel.

And Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, confirmed before starting his questioning of Kavanaugh that McConnell's move to adjourn the Senate until noon on Thursday allows the hearing to continue.

Liberals worry that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, during his second day of Senate confirmation hearings Wednesday, defended his dissent in a federal court decision that upheld the controversial Obama-era net neutrality rules.

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