One of the concerns by most Democrats is the fact that the Senate has not received 93% of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time served in the White House, and 96% of these documents have not been made public. "We're disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings every few minutes, with hundreds of women prepared to get arrested to prevent these hearings from moving forward", the Women's March account tweeted.
The partisan infighting over the seemingly mundane topic of document release isn't new; its been the primary focus for Senate Democrats, led by minority leader Chuck Schumer, for almost two months. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.
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"What are we trying to hide?" Cory Booker, D-N.J., said. He said he would not decide cases on his personal views.
"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added.
Grassley sought to turn the attention to Kavanaugh's qualifications, calling him "one of the most qualified nominees - if not the most qualified nominee - I have seen". Ted Cruz, who is fighting for his own re-election in Texas, apologized to Kavanaugh for the spectacle he said had less to do about the judge's legal record than Trump in the White House.
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"There will be sparks at this hearing".
Afterwards, he said, he was allowed to return as the hearing continued.
Democrat Richard Blumenthal called the session a "charade" and a "mockery".
The hearing proceeded despite Democrats' call for delay.
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. A rule change past year allows the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote. Friday will focus on panels of supporters and opponents. The court begins its next term in October.
Guttenberg, now a gun control activist, walked toward Kavanaugh as he stood up from his seat.
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Tuesday's hearing was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, who worry that Kavanaugh will tilt the high court far to the right, cementing a 5-4 conservative majority for years to come. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy.
The morning had barely begun when anti-Kavanaugh protesters shouted over the voices of senators, speaking out against the nominee's perceived views on abortion and other hot-button issues. He has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 12 years and has authored 307 opinions, concurrences and dissents.
In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a law review article saying presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions, and investigations while in office. Kavanaugh held that job from 2003 to 2006.
There is a long history of heated fights over US Supreme Court nominations. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege.
Guttenberg is attending the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein. "We're laboring under this disadvantage".
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