Democrats' Rage Puts Kavanaugh In Clearer Light

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Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wear costumes from the show"The Handmaid's Tale" during his confirmation hea

"So sad to see!"

As protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room, Kavanaugh sat fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead.

Democrats raised objections from the moment Iowa Sen.

Not only that, Kavanaugh was also lambasted at the same hearing for refusing to shake the hand of Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the Parkland mass shooting.

Protesters took turns yelling as senators spoke, shouting "This is a travesty of justice", "Our democracy is broken" and "Vote no on Kavanaugh". Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

Republicans hoped to use the four-day hearing as an opportunity to highlight Kavanaugh's distinguished career as a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington, DC. The 53-year-old appellate judge answered cautiously when asked about most of those matters, refusing an invitation from Democratic Sen.

Grassley, who held the hearing despite a call from Democrats to delay it, has already promised to maintain a tighter grip on the proceedings.

Grassley noted that despite his staff being available around the clock to help Democrats access records, not a single Democratic senator showed up. Kavanaugh reaffirmed, "It's settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court entitled the respect under principles of stare decisis...most importantly, reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood versus Casey in 1992".

Senate Democrat Dick Durbin pressed Kavanaugh over his dissenting opinion in a 2017 case involving a pregnant undocumented immigrant.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) implied Wednesday that there is evidence in confidential Senate Judiciary Committee records that Kavanaugh in 2003 was privy to an email allegedly stolen by a former committee staffer.

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Democrats repeatedly broke into Grassley's opening remarks to demand a halt in order to be allowed time to study the 42,000 pages released by the White House just 15 hours before the start of the hearing.

Should the confirmation hearing proceed to questioning, as scheduled on Wednesday, Democrats are expected to strongly press Kavanaugh on his position on abortion, and notably the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, as well as his endorsement of presidential immunity.

Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.

Cruz confidently asserted that the Democrats' antics were good for the country, as they revealed their impotence in mounting any rational argument to block Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked the president's Supreme Court nominee whether he thought a sitting president could "be required to respond to a subpoena". He also accused them of obstruction.

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Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen.

"I don't live in a bubble, I live in the real world", said the judge, who sits on the US Court of Appeals in Washington. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

The nominee pointed to precedent in the case, stating there was no precedent from the Supreme Court on "exact points". But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

Kavanaugh, however, declined to answer how he would rule on whether President Donald Trump, who nominated him to the high court, could be subpoenaed to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller about Trump's 2016 campaign's links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation. So far, no Republicans have said they plan to vote against Kavanaugh. Last term, the court squarely overturned three precedents. 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. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".

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