'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

In her remarks, Klobuchar suggested that 1) aspects of the Trump presidency to date have left her anxious that Trump's willingness to abide by laws and precedents; 2) that Kavanaugh's position on the three-judge panel left her anxious that as a Supreme Court justice he might take an extremely expansive view of presidential power and 3) that that might be among the reasons Trump wants him on the Supreme Court.

Democratic senators plan to press Kavanaugh on abortion and gun rights, among other issues.

Kavanaugh also described USA v. Nixon, the supreme court ruling that ordered then President Richard Nixon to turn over secret White House recordings toward the end of the Watergate investigation, as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

The question we are being asked to address in this hearing is whether this judge, at this time our history will administer the law with equal justice as it applies to all citizens, regardless of whether they live in a poor neighborhood or a rich neighborhood, or if they live in a small house, or the White House.

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 United States court. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Sen. One group of protesters outside the hearing room, sponsored by a group called Demand Justice, dressed up as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale", a novel and TV show about a dystopian society in which women are forced into sexual servitude. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he has not taken a position on the constitutionality of investigating a sitting president. "And he was a champion of liberty", Kavanaugh will say, per the excerpts.

When the disruptions continued, Kavanaugh asked Grassley, "Should I proceed?" "I was not read into that program". The balance of ideological views at SCOTUS could soon tilt strongly to the right.

"A good judge must be an umpire-a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy", Kavanaugh said in his opening statement at the tail end of the meeting. But moments after Grassley opened the session, Democrats interrupted the chairman, decrying the withholding of documents and continuously asking to have the proceedings adjourned.

A man whose teenage daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing. "Collins and Murkowski to listen to the Mainers and Alaskans who are demanding that they vote no on a judge who will deprive women control over their own bodies". Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy. Kozinski retired in December after several female former law clerks and colleagues accused him of sexual misconduct. "This seems to me to be an effort at guilt by association, which is not the way this committee should operate", Hatch said.

Asked about an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send offensive material, Kavanaugh said: "I don't remember anything like that".

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More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority.

Kavanaugh said agencies can't use old laws to do a new thing.

"If I say something and the case comes before me five years from now I'll feel morally bound by what I said here".

The interruptions, combined with shouting and screaming from hecklers in the audience, created a level of chaos that served to underscore the historical significance of Kavanaugh's appointment and the effect his presence on the court may have in the years to come.

He also said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings.

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