Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

Protesters took turns yelling as senators spoke, shouting "This is a travesty of justice", "Our democracy is broken" and "Vote no on Kavanaugh". They said that could affect such issues as gun control, abortion and immigration.

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", she declared. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowsi, one of the swing votes that could stop the nomination, dismissed the Tuesday's protests as "a lot of drama", according to the outlet.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would move the court, already majority conservative, further to the right. Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared fervently at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday the court "must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution". Republicans, meanwhile, were fine pressing ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation, even though President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen identified Trump as an as-yet unindicted co-conspirator to a host of potential crimes.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen. We should have an open debate about this with the documents read, and so the American people can see them.

Gun control advocates say that if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the supreme court, which is now divided between justices who support gun rights and gun control, he may serve as the swing vote to make state and federal assault weapon ban unconstitutional, as well as to tear down local restrictions on carrying guns in public. That job involved managing paper flow from advisers to Bush. Last week, the White House said it would not be releasing 100,000 records from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege. Last night, Republicans and those in charge of the process for reviewing Kavanaugh's record-like private attorney Bill Burck, who also happens to represent former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in the Russian Federation probe-dumped over 42,000 pages of documents on Judiciary Committee members.

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

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Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the massacre, tried to introduce himself to Kavanaugh - but it was not clear if the Supreme Court nominee heard him. Video of the encounter was shared widely on social media.

"I want to discuss what this hearing is about and what it's not about", Cruz said.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said security personnel had intervened when an "unidentified individual" approached Kavanaugh.

There is a long history of heated fights over US Supreme Court nominations, with anger in both parties. But the Democrat frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the panel holding the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said the White House was trying to "hide" Kavanaugh's records from the Senate and the public. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to demand Kavanaugh's documents be produced or the hearing adjourned.

Questioning of the nominee will begin on Wednesday, and votes in committee and on the Senate floor could occur later in September. Cruz goes on to lay out how Kavanaugh is not the Supreme Court Democrats expected when they went to the polls in 2016.

Of particular concern to many - including protesters who came dressed as characters from the distopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" - is the fact Kavanaugh's appointment could endanger Roe v Wade - the Supreme Court ruling giving women access to abortion.

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