Kavanaugh said the Supreme Court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution", but Tuesday's hearings suggested that moment had long passed. "So sad to see!" Protestors also made multiple appearances that were impossible to ignore.
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Likening a judge to an umpire could be a reference to Chief Justice John Roberts' confirmation hearing back in 2005, when he said his "job is to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat". Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while interrupting Grassley, referring to the September 3 release to the committee of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.
"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees, if not the most qualified nominee that I've seen", said Sen.
But Grassley denied Democratic attempts to get a vote in the committee on whether to adjourn the hearing, and complaints that the late arrival of the documents and other controversies flew in the face of committee rules and basic fairness.
When they did turn to Judge Kavanaugh himself, Democrats said he represented a critical swing vote on a court now divided between four Democratic appointees and four Republican appointees. Kavanaugh has produced more records to the committee than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, according to the chairman. That is, frankly, also not normal for Democrats and their handling of Trump judicial nominees. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "And there will be a lot of heat".
Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said security personnel had intervened when an "unidentified individual" approached Kavanaugh.
The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.
One of the issues Kavanaugh is likely to be questioned on is his view of gun rights.
"We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris.
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But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous". "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff". The remark was notable because the nine justices on the Supreme Court can act like nine separate law firms.
Grassley is chairing the confirmation hearing later Tuesday for President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh - holding his daughter's hand and smiling broadly as he entered the hearing rooming - sat stone-faced minutes later as lawmakers spoke loudly over one another, and protesters erupted in anger from the back of the hearing room, leading police to eject them from the proceedings.
Recent polls show 71 percent of Americans believe Roe vs. Wade should not be overturned, while only 37 percent support Kavanaugh's confirmation-making him an historically unpopular nominee. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1.
"I revere the Constitution".
"I do think that the left started this fight, but I think both of these parties are really, really, lame in teaching basic civics to our kids right now".
If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.