US Lawmakers Begin Hearing on New Supreme Court Candidate

Brett Kavanaugh

US Lawmakers Begin Hearing on New Supreme Court Candidate

Quarreling and confusion marked the start of the Senate's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, with Democrats trying to block the proceedings because of documents being withheld by the White House.

Kavanaugh's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee began on Tuesday, but Democrats, including Booker and Harris, immediately interrupted the committee chairman, Sen.

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case". He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary. Cruz goes on to lay out how Kavanaugh is not the Supreme Court Democrats expected when they went to the polls in 2016.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

"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.

Grassley ignored the Democrats' request to stop the hearing, saying it was "out of order".

"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said, a characterization Democrats rejected.

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.

There were reportedly concerns that a walkout might backfire, and this way Democratic voters got to watch their senators taking on Kavanaugh, rather than staring at a half-empty chamber.

Guttenberg, who is Jewish, has been a vocal advocate of gun control since the at Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

"We can not possibly move forward", said Sen. Several Democrats said only about 10% of Kavanaugh's records have been released, and that they wouldn't hire even an intern with that incomplete of a resume. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. Sen.

Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate. There were no signs of Republican defections.

The Context: Kavanaugh's confirmation would tip the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation, and will have wide-ranging ramifications for women's reproductive rights, civil rights, workers' rights, human rights in general, healthcare (pre-existing conditions), as well as the rule of law. Orrin Hatch's opening statement, shouting over the seven-term Utah senator.

Kavanaugh's Republican supporters say he is one of the most qualified jurists ever to be considered for the nation's highest court. Kennedy, who retired in July, was the perennial deciding vote on 5-4 cases, usually siding with the four conservatives but swinging to the liberals' side on abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and other social issues.

Democrats have demanded in vain to see documents relating Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Republican former President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2006.

Grassley argued the panel has already received more than 400,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents.

Twitter users also debated whether Kavanaugh heard Guttenberg or, in the tumult surrounding the end of an hours-long hearing, was confused by the approach of a stranger who came upon him out of a crowd. He occasionally jotted notes on paper. Video of the encounter was shared widely on social media.

"I'm very honored to be here", Kavanaugh said.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in by committee chairman Sen. The marathon event begins at 9:30 a.m. and will last into the night, with each member of the committee receiving 30 minutes to speak in the first round of questions.

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