Why Three Experts Say Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings Must Stop Now

Why Three Experts Say Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings Must Stop Now

Why Three Experts Say Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings Must Stop Now

She previously warned of Kavanaugh's potential impact on health care access.

Grassley said the theatrics that played out on national television were not typical of the committee he chairs.

During a break in proceedings, the father of one of the school children who died in the Parkland, Florida, shooting approached Kavanaugh to shake his hand, but the nominee declined to do so.

On the first day of the hearing, protestors shouted their disapprovals as Kavanaugh promised to be a "team player" on the court.

In excerpts from his opening statement, Kavanaugh said he is a "pro-law judge" who would bring his impartiality to the nation's high court.

"I$3 put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad", father Fred Guttenberg said.

The White House pushed back on Guttenberg's version of events, claiming security intervened before the judge was able to shake the man's hand.

"I wanted to be there to make sure he understands what he's being asked to do has real-world consequences", Guttenberg said.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.

In a tweet Monday, Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the recent indictments of two Republican members of Congress on corruption charges and for the timing, so close to the midterm elections.

Democrats raised objections from the moment Iowa Sen.

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy", said Sen.

"That is why a lot of people are concerned about this administration and why they want to ensure that our institutions hold", Flake said.

As Kavanaugh turned, Guttenberg said "My daughter was murdered in Parkland" and then "have a good day".

Roe, of course, is the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared abortion a constitutionally protected right. Kavanaugh underscored the importance of judicial independence, saying, "That takes some backbone. A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

Although Kavanaugh helped to investigate then-President Bill Clinton while working for independent counsel Ken Starr in the 1990s, he later wrote in a 2009 law review article that presidents' official duties are too demanding for them to be subject to such a probe.

"During your time in the White House, when you were staff secretary - some people regard it as kind of a monitor, monitoring things going in and going out".

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

After more than an hour or interruptions by senators and repeated screaming protests from the public gallery, the business of the hearing went ahead and Democrats tried a new tack - warning that since President Donald Trump has challenged legal and constitutional norms, his pick for such a crucial pick deserved extra scrutiny. The same is true of all the other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, especially California's Kamala Harris, who announced her opposition to confirming the nominee before Trump made his selection Under those circumstances, none of the Democrats needed to read one single document, at least not for the purposes of the hearing. Democratic Senator Cory Booker appealed to Grassley's "sense of decency and integrity" and said the withholding of the documents by Republicans and the White House left lawmakers unable to properly vet Kavanaugh.

Covert Affairs alumna Piper Perabo was arrested today at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings - one of dozens of protesters who were ushered out by Capitol Police after disrupting the proceedings.

Related news