They took turns yelling as senators spoke, with one shouting, "This is a travesty of justice", while another shouted, "Our democracy is broken", and a third urging, "Vote no on Kavanaugh". This is a travesty of justice!
"Senator, I said that it's settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court entitled to respect", Kavanaugh told senators in response to a question from Sen. "Be a hero! Cancel this hearing!"
Kavanaugh was already coming into this hearing with a hard task: convince Congress that he isn't a lackey Supreme Court pick for a president who has repeatedly flouted the rule of law.
The first day of hearings for Kavanaugh was marked by frequent protests and calls from Senate Democrats for the process to be suspended until more relevant documents are made public. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege.
Grassley has already urged the judge to invoke the so-called Ginsburg Rule and follow the example of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who as a nominee refused to answer questions that would hint or foreshadow future decisions. Republican, Democrat differences. But in the three-and-a-half years that I've been chairman of the committee, every bill that has come out of the Judiciary Committee has had bipartisan support. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), the letter emphasizes that "holding 49 Democrats is the only way we can succeed in pressuring flippable Republicans like Sens".
Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, October 1, which is little more than a month before congressional elections.
Kavanaugh dodged Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's question about whether a sitting president can "be required to respond to a subpoena", a query that could come into play as Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
That is apparently a reference to Kavanaugh's opinion in in Seven-Sky v. Holder, a dissent Kavanaugh wrote in 2011 while on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which challenged the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
But within moments of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley banging the gavel, Democrats launched what appeared to be coordinated protests against moving ahead with the hearing on Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the highest U.S. court.
If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.
Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Kavanaugh got off to a tensive start Tuesday morning as at least 20 protestors were arrested for disrupting the hearing and calling for the Senate to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.
As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen.
The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month. Kamala Harris raised objections to the committee just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed on Twitter that security intervened before Kavanaugh had a chance to respond to Guttenberg.
"A special prosecutor should be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate".
Democrats have indicated that they intend to pressure Kavanaugh into explaining his stance on a number of issues, including whether he would uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion.