'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge


Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says opponents' grandstanding over withheld documents pertaining to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House is misplaced.

The most likely outcome of this week's hearings is a vote along party lines to send Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, had tried to block the formal proceedings Tuesday in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House.

What were the protests about?

Others claimed the judge would let people with pre-existing medical conditions be stripped of medical coverage. "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice", shouted one woman. Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, former federal circuit court judge Timothy K. Lewis, and Obama ethics attorney Norman Eisen on Tuesday issued a paper through the Brookings Institute, arguing that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, should back down from any case which involves Trump.

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa bridled at the suggestion he had lost control of the proceedings.

Sens. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) used their performances during the early hours of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to fundraise for their political campaigns. Garland is the chief judge of the appeals court on which Kavanaugh has served.

Kavanaugh sat patiently for almost seven hours, listening to Republican and Democrats speak for and against his joining the court before he finally got his chance to address the panel.

But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous".

However, since then Kavanaugh has said USA lawmakers might pass a law protecting presidents from investigations while they were in office.

Why is the nomination contentious?

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One of the issues Kavanaugh is likely to be questioned on is his view of gun rights. And as for the rule of law, Roe v. Wade, healthcare, etc...the future in a post-Justice Kavanaugh world is uncertain.

Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents. John McCain. When Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will hold 51 of the 100 seats. "Judge Kavanaugh is a decent man and should be confirmed". Should a single Republican defect to oppose Kavanaugh, it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, although there has been little sign that any GOP senator was prepared to buck Trump.

Democrat senator Mazie Hirono said Kavanaugh was an "ideologically-driven conservative" who had been "knee deep in partisan politics" throughout his career. Both sides want activists to legislate for life from those spots, and both sides are willing to play hardball to win their voter-free elections in the form of confirmation votes.

More than 20 witnesses are being called for the coming days of hearings.

A resident of the wealthy Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Mr Kavanaugh studied law at Yale.

Kavanaugh worked in key White House positions when George W. Bush was president and was a member of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's legal team that investigated President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, leading to Clinton's impeachment. "And the only way we can look at it is to understand the documents and it's very, very hard".

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