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

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

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

Kavanaugh is expected to face tough questioning by the committee Wednesday, when the hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 UTC).

Republicans also a year ago 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 Trump's first high court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

"You are the nominee of President Donald John Trump".

Police spoke to Mr Guttenberg after the incident, but he returned to the hearing for the afternoon session. Watch the hearing live.

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.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself".

Kavanaugh also points out that decisions impact real people and is just not about theory (Klobuchar mentioned something similar yesterday). And on the most contentious cases, the court tends to split into conservative and liberal sides.

The Senate Judiciary Committee returns tomorrow with another full day of witnesses to testify both for and against the Kavanaugh nomination. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer complained it was impossible to go through them in time.

"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen.

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


Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, introduced Guttenberg and several other advocates during her opening statement.

Kavanaugh's hearing began less than 24 hours after the Senate had received 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure, and three days after the White House asserted executive privilege and refused to release a hundred thousand documents.

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", said Harris at the top of proceedings.

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.

A White House rep said Kavanaugh wasn't trying to ignore Guttenberg. But as Graham said yesterday, you can't lose elections and pick judges.

The Republicans' slim majority in the Senate was bolstered during the hearing by the announcement from Arizona that Gov. Doug Ducey was appointing Jon Kyl, the former senator, to fill the seat held by the late Sen. "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", he added. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

Democrats made clear much of their attention during the week will be devoted to whether Kavanaugh believes the landmark case of Roe vs Wade, which guaranteed a right to abortion, was correctly decided. "That speaks more about how we work in a collegial way than what you're seeing on television", said Grassley. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

"If this is how the Democrats conduct themselves at what should be a sober hearing for one of the most important posts in the land, imagine how they'll govern should they gain a majority in November".

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees, if not the most qualified nominee that I've seen", said Sen.

"He is an unindicted co-conspirator who has nominated a potential justice who will cast the swing vote on issues relating to his possible criminal culpability", Mr. Blumenthal said. "Are people nervous about this concerned about this?"

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