Chaos at start of Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Chaos at start of Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing

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

"We can not possibly move forward".

Republicans, facing a possible drubbing in November's midterm elections, had hoped to use the four-day hearing to highlight Kavanaugh's distinguished career as a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington.

Kavanaugh's hearing began less than 24 hours after the Senate had received 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure, and three days after the White House asserted executive privilege and refused to release a hundred thousand documents. But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim majority in the Senate, and with no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top US judicial body. Should a single Republican defect to oppose Kavanaugh, it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, although there has been little sign that any GOP senator was prepared to buck Trump.

Kavanaugh, a champion of gun rights, has been backed by the National Rifle Association, which announced in August that it was spending at least $1m on a national advertising campaign to support the judge's confirmation to the supreme court.

Kavanaugh, 53, has a good chance of being confirmed when the Senate votes later this month. Senators plan to begin questioning him Wednesday morning. Senator Lindsey O. Graham, Republican of SC, who noted that he had voted for President Barack Obama's nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, was equally blunt.

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

Speaking on CNN, Mr Guttenberg said: "I simply said, 'Hi, my name is Fred Guttenberg, I'm the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland".

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate conservative who was a swing vote on the court. The job involved managing paper flow from advisers to Bush.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says his philosophy is straightforward: a judge must interpret the law, not make the law.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

The father of a Parkland shooting victim approached Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a break at his confirmation hearing Tuesday in a dramatic moment caught on camera.

Bystanders and media outlets shared videos of the women being led away from the hearing in makeshift handcuffs. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.

He said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings. But the Democrat frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years.

Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wear costumes from "The Handmaid's Tale". Kavanaugh can request other breaks, if needed. A rule change a year ago allows the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote. Dick Durbin's (D-IL) office Tuesday night to hammer out strategy for the next day of hearings.

Kavanaugh also is likely to face questions about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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