US Lawmakers Begin Hearing on New Supreme Court Candidate

Judge Brett Kavanaugh 53 has served for the past 12 years on the appeals court in Washington D.C. which is considered the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, from left, Sen.

Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, and eldest daughter entered the committee room with Grassley just after 9:30 am. "Our independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic". Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.

Asked if he thought the NRA's backing of his confirmation might have played any role in Kavanaugh's choice not to speak to him or shake his hand, Guttenberg said: "You know what?" A judge must interpret statutes as written.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, noted that President Trump campaigned on a pledge of shifting the high court to the right. At that time, Blumenthal rested his decision on Kavanaugh's "record and writings, which I have reviewed", claiming that they showed a "very extreme hostility to numerous precious rights and liberties that make our nation great".

Feinstein argued that Kavanaugh's opinion in Garza v. Hargan - a case the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard previous year - showed that from her perspective, he was wrong on abortion.

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The Democrats ultimately come to a compromise - a disruptive and chaotic hearing, Politico reported.

Grassley called the Democrats' request to halt the hearing "out of order" and accused them of obstruction.

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. 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.

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

Some of the sessions have focused on making sure that he is comfortable "with people shouting him down" or being heckled by protesters.

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

Democrats have demanded in vain to see documents relating Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Republican former President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2006.

The paper trail from those jobs proved to be too voluminous for the Senate to pile through in the eight weeks since Kavanaugh's nomination.

With majority Republicans appearing united, it's doubtful the hearings will affect the eventual confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee. He was again sitting in the hearing room for the afternoon session.

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

Bystanders and media outlets shared videos of the women being led away from the hearing in makeshift handcuffs. He says he wants the losing party to say "Kavanaugh gave me a fair shake". NPR and the Washington Post later reported that Kavanaugh was involved in those discussions, offering counsel on how those policies might be judged by the Supreme Court. But the Democrat frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years.

After the hearing this week, lawmakers will vote on whether to approve Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. President Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to break the tie.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of September. The court begins its next term in October.

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