Kavanaugh hearing: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces Senate grilling

Kavanaugh hearing: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces Senate grilling

Kavanaugh hearing: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee faces Senate grilling

And Clarence Thomas tried to protest, "I have no reason or agenda to prejudge the issue, or to [be] predisposed to rule one way or another on the issue of abortion". He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary.

Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the next Supreme Court justice.

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"I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge".

"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.

Antonin Scalia told senators, "I don't think it would be proper for me to answer that question".

Republican senator Orrin Hatch said Kavanaugh was one of the most impressive Supreme Court nominees he had come across despite Democrats portraying him as "one of four horsemen of the apocalypse".

"We can not possibly move forward", Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so.

"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen. There were no signs of Republican defections. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer complained it was impossible to go through them in time.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen. They were removed one by one by security personnel.

Aged just 53, Kavanaugh would replace retired swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy in a lifetime appointment, a move that could solidify a hard-right court majority and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation or more. That job involved managing paper flow from advisers to Bush.

Noting that Kavanaugh has more than 300 opinions and submitted around 17,000 pages with his committee questionnaire, Grassley is likely to stress that he's released thousands of pages and that he's only asked for non-privileged documents and that Democratic requests for every document would have taken months to complete.

Susan Collins, R-Maine, who said Kavanaugh told her that the high court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is "settled law". Protesters also disrupted the proceedings. Video of the encounter was shared widely on social media. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed on Twitter that security intervened before Kavanaugh had a chance to respond to Guttenberg.

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.

The testy exchanges Tuesday morning highlight Democrats' lingering resentment over the treatment of former President Obama's last Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, who was never granted a hearing by Senate Republicans.

"The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is", Trump tweet-scoffed.

Questioning of the nominee will begin on Wednesday, and votes in committee and on the Senate floor could occur later in September.

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