Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin

President Donald Trump speaks with Brett Kavanaugh and family

President Donald Trump speaks with Brett Kavanaugh and family

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. It was a characterization rejected by Democrats.

Vermont's senior senator accused the judge of being aware of emails stolen from Leahy and other Democrats from 2001 to 2003 and having knowledge of the warrantless surveillance of United States citizens that went into effect in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

Indeed, yesterday, Senator John Kennedy asked about this conference call between Democratic senators and the protest to disrupt the hearings, and Dick Durbin, the Democrat from IL, he jumped in and said, "Yep, we had a conference call", and he didn't dispute that it was a coordinated effort.

Kavanaugh off his flow of so far providing steady and confident answers to senator's questions with a line of inquiry about allegations that emails were stolen from Leahy's office during the confirmation wars of the George W. Bush administration.

"We can not possibly move forward".

"We are literally trying to get at the truth here", Blumenthal said. But Booker argued that the process was too cumbersome - perhaps deliberately - to allow him to refer to the document in time. Grassley, after being called out for conducting the hearing with "mob rule", repeatedly slammed the Democrats as being out of order. He also accused them of obstruction. Journalist Bob Woodward's new book about Trump says Kavanaugh recommended Porter for the job. There were no signs of Republican defections. But in a more than 12-hour session on Wednesday, he sidestepped questions about the scope of presidential power. John Cornyn, his Republican counterpart, responded with a dig at Booker, saying that "running for president is no excuse" for leaking information.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27.

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Democrats have protested the White House's withholding of 100,000 pages of documents related to his years in the Bush White House. "I'm sure you can understand, sir, how it puts all of us in a very hard situation when it's not you.it's somebody you have to go - then go back to a person named Bill Burck to decide if some document - who is an associate, who is an associate and colleague of the nominee - to figure out which documents are going to be released".

As protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room, Kavanaugh sat fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

"When that case came up, the Supreme Court didn't just reaffirm it in passing". But the Democrat frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.

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.

Feinstein's assertion that more people would die if Kavanaugh would be confirmed because of his pro-gun stance and his refusal to agree with her assault weapons ban is nothing shy of anti-gun rhetoric at its finest.

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