Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings begin with skirmishes

A protester is carried out during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing

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Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, right, speaks toward the committee Democrats as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. At age 53, Kavanaugh could serve on the court for decades.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said security intervened before Mr Kavanaugh could shake the hand of the "unidentified individual". Kavanaugh said he had also upheld many government regulations over the years.

A demonstrator shouts as Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing. "I understand the issue, but as a judge my job as I saw it was to follow the Second Amendment opinion of the Supreme Court whether I agree with it or disagree with it".

"We can not possibly move forward".

Before the hearing could even get started, Democrats called for it to be adjourned so thousands of pages of just-released documents could be reviewed.

But one of the protesters took exception to Grassley's assertion, since, she said, she was calling out Democratic leaders such as Sen. He understands the process better than most.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll shows that Democratic women are clearly leading the charge against Kavanaugh, while their male cohorts are, well, less helpful. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

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.

The 53-year-old judge, who serves on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sat impassively for almost seven hours of senators' statements before speaking for less than 20 minutes.

Kavanaugh's political background comes from being a top aide and lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the high court-which already had a conservative majority-further to the right.

Senate majority whip John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said the Democrats' behavior would lead them to be "held in contempt of court", prompting a chorus of quiet boos and "Oh come on" that echoed throughout the hearing room.

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Klobuchar noted that Kavanaugh's explanation in his dissent that the court could distinguish between a "major" and "minor" question with respect to deferring to an expert agency when there was ambiguity in the law would be a "you-know-it-when-you-see-it" standard was the reason that the other judges didn't agree with Kavanaugh. Finally, hours before the hearing, the White House sent 42,000 pages to the committee with instructions that they be kept confidential by senators who viewed them. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while.

As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff". A group of combative Democrats reportedly met in the office of Durbin to talk about future strategy concerning the Supreme Court nomination. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

Republicans also previous year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first high-court nominee.

But when asked more specific questions, including whether a president can be required to respond to a subpoena, Kavanaugh said, "I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question".

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