Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Day 2


Judge Kavanaugh had dissented when, in 2011, his court upheld new restrictions on assault weapons in the District of Columbia.

"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", added Kavanaugh, who was facing his first questions from senators after giving an opening statement on Tuesday.

"Senator, I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions of that sort", the judge responded. "So sad to see!"

As the Senators on the committee grilled Kavanaugh, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was still doing his part to try to push the hearing back, objecting to waive the rule that would have enabled the judiciary committee to continue questioning Kavanaugh after 2 p.m.

But Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order.

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing.

Cornyn and Cruz, however, took aim at Democrats and lobbed basic questions to Kavanaugh. "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said Sen.

Protesters continued regularly interrupting the proceedings, as they had since the hearings began on Tuesday.

He gave a similar answer to Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy who asked whether a president could issue a pardon to himself or to someone else in exchange for promising not to testify against the president.

In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh mentioned a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal and a 1954 Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation in public schools.

Kavanaugh, accused by Democrats of being a tool for big corporations and a foe of the little guy, wasted little time in trying to humanize himself Wednesday.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) discussed a different side of the abortion issue.

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The confirmation hearing for US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has descended into "mob rule", a Republican senator said. They want to review 100,000 documents about Kavanaugh's record being withheld by the White House as well as some 42,000 documents released to the committee on a confidential basis on the eve of the hearing, along with others not sought by Republicans on the committee. Kamala Harris (D-CA) came down hard on Kavanaugh, saying she's deeply concerned that he's too guided by partisanship.

"Judge Kavanaugh had more papers submitted to our Judiciary Committee than the last five judicial nominees to the Supreme Court combined", he said.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

"The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution", he said. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

Senate Democrats looking to win the battle of public opinion over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are essentially accusing Republicans of concealing evidence to ensure his confirmation before the midterm election.

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 Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first high-court nominee. Trump's successful first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, also was a Kennedy law clerk the same year as Kavanaugh.

Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh had also made the point that he wasn't anti-regulation.

The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month. Such as it was this morning, when dozens of women dressed in bright red robes and large white head covers silently met Brett Kavanaugh and the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington.

"I've tried to be a very collegial judge".

In his opening statement Tuesday, Kavanaugh told them his philosophy is that judges should interpret the law and not make the law.

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that US v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called USA v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history". They can confirm Mr Kavanaugh if they stay united.

"If Brett Kavanaugh becomes a Supreme Court justice, will he help gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in America?"