How Trump factored into Day 1 of Brett Kavanaugh's hearing

05 September, 2018, 13:42 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • 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

Judge Kavanaugh's morning session in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill was put on pause Tuesday, and as Trump's pick for the Supreme Court was getting up to leave.

Booker's fundraising email was sent out an hour after the hearing began.

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing.

The panel's top Democrat, Sen.

Noting that Kavanaugh has more than 300 opinions and submitted around 17,000 pages with his committee questionnaire, Grassley is likely to stress that he's released thousands of pages and that he's only asked for non-privileged documents and that Democratic requests for every document would have taken months to complete.

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The interruptions, combined with shouting and screaming from hecklers in the audience, created a level of chaos that served to underscore the historical significance of Kavanaugh's appointment and the effect his presence on the court may have in the years to come. In them, he talked about his role as a youth basketball coach; noted his belief, shared with Chief Justice John Roberts, that judges are just umpires calling balls and strikes; and suggested that all senators needed for proof of his good judgment is the fact that his wife is from West Texas. He said he would not decide cases on his personal views.

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"I am a pro-law judge", he declared. Republican Senators fell in line behind Kavanaugh, but interestingly Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)-who is not seeking reelection and has been a critic of President Trump-seconded Democrats concerns about Trump's threats to the rule of law and democratic norms.

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an Exceptionally Qualified and Deserving Nominee for the Supreme Court", he added, to clear up any confusion.

Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout in the future.

"There will be sparks at this hearing. We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "And there will be a lot of heat". For more on the specifics of the hearing, read this great piece from Vox.

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing. Then the nominee will say as little as possible in answer to overly long questions, and eventually comes the vote. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1.

Kavanaugh stands to inherit Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the court, and there is no seat more important. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy. Trump's successful first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, also was a Kennedy law clerk the same year as Kavanaugh.

A Catholic, he has been a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington for the past 11 years. Kavanaugh has argued that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and investigations while in office. Kavanaugh held that job from 2003 to 2006.



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