Senators Question Brett Kavanaugh

05 September, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Ted Cruz at Kavanaugh hearing

Senate Democrats may not have the votes to block the Kavanaugh nomination, but on Tuesday, they at least showed a willingness to use whatever tools they could to try and slow its inevitability.

Kavanaugh's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee began on Tuesday, but Democrats, including Booker and Harris, immediately interrupted the committee chairman, Sen. Democrats continued to speak over the Chairman even after they were ruled out of order to the jeers of protestors who had to be removed.

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

Still, Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout of Kavanaugh hearings, Politico reported.

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.

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

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In his opening statement, Kavanaugh praised retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he once clerked and whose seat he would fill, as well as another judicial hero - his mother.

Whitehouse also brought up Roberts' famous confirmation hearing line - that as a judge he merely calls balls and strikes - to argue that his court is 73-0 in ruling in favor of corporations.

Roe, of course, is the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared abortion a constitutionally protected right.

Feinstein was not reassured by Sen.

"I wanted to be there to make sure he understands what he's being asked to do has real-world consequences", Guttenberg said.

After hours of the fireworks, the nominee himself struck a more neutral tone, stressing that the high court "must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution".

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The California Democrat said senators in her party would participate in the hearings under a "silent protest" against the White House's conduct in the matter.

President Trump weighed in on the hearing Tuesday, saying that it was a display of how "angry. the other side is".

They also pushed for the release of 100,000 more pages they say are being withheld, particularly those related to Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's legal office and as White House staff secretary.

The obstructionist tactics, while will sure boost some lawmakers' reputations among the increasingly liberal base, may still backfire when it comes to the confirmation of Kavanaugh. Although he worked on the Starr report, he later wrote that a sitting president should not have to face the distraction of civil or criminal investigations - a position that worries Democrats in light of the ongoing Department of Justice probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. "It's that President who has decided you are his man".

That would put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the new term begins October 1. "You're the person he wants on the Supreme Court", Durbin said. "And therefore, we are there to do our job", Sen. In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans' move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of September.

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