Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing: A Chaotic Start And A Revealing Moment

Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing: A Chaotic Start And A Revealing Moment

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.

"We weren't even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing", he said on his official USA attorney twitter account. For more on the specifics of the hearing, read this great piece from Vox.

Younger Democrats, such as California Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) made a formal motion to suspend proceedings so that the members of the Judiciary Committee could have-oh, I don't know, a couple days or so-to review the documents.

Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added. He also saying being a good judge means paying attention to words that are written-Constitution, statutes.

Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy and even his honesty. Kavanaugh points out that most handguns are semi-automatic and cites Scalia's opinion and says he was strongly following the Supreme Court's precedent in Heller/McDonald. But the justices often say they seek consensus when they can, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions.

Outside the hearing room at the Hart Senate Office Building, hundreds of women representing the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other national groups wore shirts reading "I am what's at stake" linked arms to express solidarity against Kavanaugh's nomination. After conferencing over the holiday weekend, the Democrats barely let Kavanaugh's weeklong confirmation get started before taking over, essentially shouting down Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

The paper, issued just as Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee began, carries an urgent call to action.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, introduced Guttenberg and several other advocates during her opening statement.

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Songs will be offered by the likes of Stevie Wonder , Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson . Her grandchildren spoke briefly, delivering heartfelt thanks on behalf of their family.

Democrat senators regularly interrupted Grassley to demand the committee be suspended until they received all the documents they had requested.

The hearing follows a full day of opening statements on Tuesday, in which Democrats registered loud objections and pushed Republicans for a delay in light of the more than 42,000 pages of documents on Kavanaugh's career in the George W. Bush White House that were sent to the committee the previous night.

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", she declared.

White House spokesman Raj Shah posted a video of the moment and said it "clearly shows security intervened" when Kavanaugh was approached by the "unidentified individual". "We're seeing a lot of table pounding this morning", Cruz said.

Guttenberg attended the confirmation hearing as a guest of Sen.

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Kavanaugh is said to be a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment, and many worry his appointment to the highest court in the land could derail any effort for changing gun laws nationally. Abortion rights supporters are trying to appeal to those senators, who both favor abortion access.

Democrats are bemoaning a gap in Kavanaugh's official record totaling some 35 months in the White House. "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice", shouted one woman.

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.

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