Women dressed in Handmaid's Tale robes protest Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing


Women dressed in Handmaid's Tale robes protest Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing

The confirmation hearing for US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee quickly descended into chaos on Tuesday with Democrats demanding a postponement and protesters shouting loudly.

John Cornyn of Texas spoke out as Democrats demanded an adjournment and two dozen protesters were dragged out of the room in chaotic scenes.

Brett Kavanaugh was in no mood to meet a father whose kid was killed during the Parkland shooting - snubbing his handshake attempt during a SCOTUS confirmation hearing. He sided with the four liberals on such major rulings as upholding abortion and gay rights, and affirmative action to increase university admissions for racial minorities.

"A good judge must be an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy", Kavanaugh said in written remarks released in advance of the hearing.

What were the protests about?

Others claimed the judge would let people with pre-existing medical conditions be stripped of medical coverage.

'This is a mockery and a travesty of justice, ' yelled one unidentified protester. Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!" Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).

I mean, nobody is calling for every document to be released.

Democrats said they wanted to see all of the documents from his time as White House staff secretary before the hearings, but Republicans did not request those documents, arguing they were irrelevant to his nomination. The administration held back more than 100,000 pages of documents related to his service because the White House and the Department of Justice have determined they are protected by constitutional privilege, according to a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Fox News' Adam Shaw and Chad Pergramcontributed to this report.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said.

Republican Orrin Hatch accused Democratic senators of political opportunism, noting, "We have folks who want to run for president", though he did not mention any by name. "This is a President who has shown us consistently that he is contemptuous of the rule of law", Durbin said.

Why is the nomination contentious?

Guttenberg, who is Jewish, has been a vocal advocate of gun control since the at Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. Kennedy retired at the end of July. They further cite this article as proof Kavanaugh is unlikely to actually do so. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1. And nothing in the hearings will tell the nation much more than that.

Both senators were present at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, expressing their dissent to Kavanaugh's nomination, when the emails were sent.

A resident of the wealthy Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Mr Kavanaugh studied law at Yale. He was also part of the legal team that investigated then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. He asked Kavanaugh, who sat before the committee with White House officials behind him, to introduce his parents, wife and children.

If confirmed Kavanaugh would to move the Supreme Court firmly to the right.



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