Brett Kavanaugh turns down handshake from father of Parkland school shooting victim


Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee mounted a coordinated effort to derail the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 4, delaying the chairman's opening remarks with more than an hour of out-of-order objections.

Protesters took turns yelling as senators spoke, shouting "This is a travesty of justice", "Our democracy is broken" and "Vote no on Kavanaugh". This is a travesty of justice!

As members of Congress weighed his suitability for America's top judicial bench Kavanaugh said he understood "the significance" of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 supreme court decision that legalized abortion in the US. "That speaks more about how we work in a collegial way than what you're seeing on television", said Grassley. "Be a hero! Cancel this hearing!"

In her remarks, Klobuchar suggested that 1) aspects of the Trump presidency to date have left her anxious that Trump's willingness to abide by laws and precedents; 2) that Kavanaugh's position on the three-judge panel left her anxious that as a Supreme Court justice he might take an extremely expansive view of presidential power and 3) that that might be among the reasons Trump wants him on the Supreme Court. Senators have reviewed around 200,000 pages which can not be made public record and the White House is withholding another 100,000 pages from Congress.

But Kavanaugh told senators during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he could not comment on that case because it is still pending.

Kavanaugh began the tumultuous process on Tuesday, spending most of the time listening to the various members of the Senate Judiciary Committee give their own statements.

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Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, October 1, which is little more than a month before congressional elections.

His reticence on the specific subject of the subpoena, however, is significant given the legal cloud hanging over President Trump that is the special counsel investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election helmed by Robert Mueller.

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"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was able to deliver his opening statement for just a few seconds before Democratic California Sen".

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

Several Democrats interrupted the hearing, insisting lawmakers needed time to review documents related to nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that were released Monday night by the Trump administration.

In his opening remarks released ahead of delivery, Kavanaugh sought to tamp down the controversy over his nomination, which would likely shift the closely divided court to the right.

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Kavanaugh got off to a tensive start Tuesday morning as at least 20 protestors were arrested for disrupting the hearing and calling for the Senate to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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.

Pointing to recent protests that have targeted GOP Sens. She tweeted Wednesday that "of course" Kavanuagh will "help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade", pointing to the support for him by "anti-abortion groups".

Kavanaugh's nomination will probably scrape by on a purely party-line vote, both in committee and possibly the full Senate, bearing out that this hearing is everything that has come to define politics in the Trump era.

In stressing his independence, Kavanaugh pushed back against suggestions that after his time on independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team investigating Bill Clinton in the 1990s, he no longer believes a sitting president should be investigated.