'Mob rule' and chaos in the Senate at hearing of Trump's choice

Judge Brett Kavanaugh 53 has served for the past 12 years on the appeals court in Washington D.C. which is considered the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court

As soon as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R. -Iowa, opened his committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sen.

"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. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.

After the hearing this week, lawmakers will vote on whether to approve Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

The Analysis: From the unrelenting protests to the fiery rhetoric from Democrats, this was widely seen as the most contentious Supreme Court hearing in recent memory. He said he had attended the hearing in hopes of making Kavanaugh consider the consequences of his position on the second amendment.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, even moved to adjourn the committee, arguing senators couldn't be asked to judge a nominee without all the documents.

Republicans have said that Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, including his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A handful of Democrats seeking re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 could vote for Kavanaugh.

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

Kavanaugh also points out that decisions impact real people and is just not about theory (Klobuchar mentioned something similar yesterday).

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said in his opening statement Tuesday.

If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term. But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

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McCain's children then filed past the casket, including The View co-host Meghan McCain , who broke down and wept. Cindy McCain reportedly does not see herself as a political person, and uses her time to run family businesses.

"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen.

When the father of a school shooting victim held out his hand to Donald Trump's nominee for the supreme court on Tuesday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked at him, then turned without saying a word and walked out.

But Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order.

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

Not long after the attempts to obstruct the hearing began, NBC's Kasie Hunt reported that the interruptions were part of a strategy to derail the hearings coordinated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"We can not possibly move forward".

In an email, the White House spokesman Raj Shah wrote: "I stand by my tweet/email on this topic", when asked about video of the interaction that appears to contradict the White House's claim that security had intervened "before the Judge was able to shake [Guttenberg's] hand".

Cruz said his Democratic colleagues were trying to relitigate the results of the 2016 election. And on Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would appoint former Republican Sen. Obviously, they do not have the votes to block this nominee but they're putting up one hell of a fight.

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. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

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