And Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, confirmed before starting his questioning of Kavanaugh that McConnell's move to adjourn the Senate until noon on Thursday allows the hearing to continue. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen.
Senate Republicans are rushing through this confirmation hearing in a way that does not seem befitting the importance of the position.
Lawyers who had argued cases in front of Kavanaugh recalled him as an active questioner from the bench, and a very well prepared jurist who would fit in on a Supreme Court whose justices are largely not shy in oral arguments with advocates.
Republicans are determined to push President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the full Senate later this month, but Democrats want to press the federal appeals court judge on his views on abortion, health care, guns and other hot-button issues.
Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and US v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.
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Rescue workers accused regime forces of killing more than 40 people with "poisonous chlorine gas" in the town of Douma in April. Numerous residents are rebels and civilians who were bussed out of other areas as they came back under Syrian regime control.
Using her time to put some more of her concerns on the table, and to alert Kavanaugh to what she planned to ask him about, Klobuchar also said she was troubled by indications in an article Kavanaugh wrote that likewise "raised many troubling questions" about his expansive view of presidential power, especially in light of the current occupant of the Oval Office and the investigations swirling in Washington.
Republicans also past year 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.
The judge already faced questions about impeachment from Sen.
Kavanaugh declined to comment on how he would approach a challenge to a part of the Obamacare health law that bars insurers from declining coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, The issue is the subject of a lawsuit pending in Texas.
Senior Democrat Dianne Feinstein asked if he thought a sitting president could be "required to respond to a subpoena".
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Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!" Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe , former federal circuit court judge Timothy K. When Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will hold 51 of the 100 seats. "Judge Kavanaugh is a decent man and should be confirmed".
It may be that Democrats are barking up the wrong tree in more ways than one with Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh is a clear, direct speaker who can tailor his words to whether he's talking to a critic or a supporter. The Supreme Court's new term begins October 1.
Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing for the Supreme Court began Tuesday morning with plenty of partisan bickering but it was the lunch break exit by Kavanaugh that has some wondering whether he intentionally snubbed the handshake of Fred Guttenberg, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.
"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", he told the Senate panel.
That's far more than for any previous Supreme Court nominee, but millions of pages have been withheld.
The hearing gave Democrats a chance to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections, in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.
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Former President Bill Clinton was also on hand and sat in the front row with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. All kinds of musicians were at the Greater Grace Temple to pay tribute to a legend and the raw power of her music.
Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades. Roe and other Supreme Court decisions also protect the right to continue a pregnancy, meaning that the government can not coerce us into not having children through sterilization or other means. "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", Kavanaugh said.