Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

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That would allow Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, to tee up votes on the floor confirming Kavanaugh during the last week of September. One by one, Democrats, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all potential presidential contenders, demanded that Republicans delay the hearing. Before chairman Chuck Grassley could even dive into his welcoming statement to Kavanaugh and his family, nearly every Democrat on the panel began offering a series of objections to the hearing, demanding its adjournment in order to have more time to review the new material.

Some of the sessions have focused on making sure that he was comfortable "with people shouting him down" or being heckled by protesters.

Democrats will try to corner Kavanaugh on how he would rule on cases involving abortion access and the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dismissed the complaints over missing documents as a distraction.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said in his opening statement Tuesday.

"In what should have been a joyous year, [Guttenberg] has to go take flowers to her grave side, and Brett Kavanaugh can't shake the guy's hand, and then 20 minutes later, he sends his security detail out to harass him", Scarborough said.

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"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees, if not the most qualified nominee that I've seen", said Sen. John McCain. When Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will hold 51 of the 100 seats.

"I move to adjourn", he said repeatedly.

Trump picked Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. He points out that Democrats interrupted the hearing 63 times as agitators again start screaming and trying to interrupt the hearing as Grassley says that today will be different.

Kavanaugh sat patiently for almost seven hours, listening to Republican and Democrats speak for and against his joining the court before he finally got his chance to address the panel. Although Senate Repulicans did ask for documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel, the Democrats weren't satisfied.

Trump's first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017, 14 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy in President Barack Obama's previous year in office.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the room.

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The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

"As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah tweeted. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand.

Veteran Democrat Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh "totally reversed" after working in the White House when Bush was considering warrantless wiretapping and torture of enemy combatants, and warned that a similar position would only serve to insulate Trump. The court begins its next term in October.

"I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".

Kavanaugh is likely to be questioned about his views on investigating sitting presidents and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election".

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