Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

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They complained about the hearing date. But Democrats say thousands were dumped out in public just hours before the hearing begins, making it impossible for thorough scrutiny. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) ― have both voted to confirm all of President Donald Trump's other anti-abortion judges.

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

Police spoke to Mr Guttenberg after the incident, but he returned to the hearing for the afternoon session.

Democrats still have an uphill battle to derail Kavanaugh's nomination. Democrats painted him as a right-wing extremist who would fail to hold Trump accountable. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who moved to adjourn.

Some seven hours after the hearing began, Kavanaugh - the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top U.S. judicial body - finally made his opening remarks.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

Witnesses will also speak about Kavanaugh. Trump charged Democrats "will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress". But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said. An additional 42,000 documents were released Monday night.

"We can not possibly move forward", said Sen. More than five dozen protesters were ousted from the hearing, anti-Trump activists leveled rash allegations of racism against the Trump team assisting the judge, and Democrats deployed rhetorical and procedural tools to try to derail the nomination.

In excerpts from his opening statement, Kavanaugh said he is a "pro-law judge" who would bring his impartiality to the nation's high court. "We're seeing a lot of table pounding this morning", Cruz said. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election". John McCain's seat, giving Republicans even more of a cushion.

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"This nominee has devoted his entire career to a conservative Republican agenda", said Sen.

How exactly Kavanaugh views abortion access is still murky at best. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

"During your time in the White House, when you were staff secretary - some people regard it as kind of a monitor, monitoring things going in and going out". "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice", shouted one woman.

Democrats seized on Kavanaugh's comments in which he supported an expansion of a U.S. president's immunity from prosecution - a dramatic shift from his recommendation for strong action against then-president Bill Clinton when Kavanaugh assisted in a 1990s investigation against him.

As patience thinned and tempers flared, Sen.

They stood up and yelled at the senators from the back of the room.

"I know a good nominee when I see one, and you are a great nominee", said Sen.

The California Democrat said senators in her party would participate in the hearings under a "silent protest" against the White House's conduct in the matter. "Are people nervous about this concerned about this? Of course they are". Late Tuesday, a group of them huddled to hash out strategy in the office of Durbin, a senior member of the Judiciary panel, according to a Democratic aide. Dianne Feinstein, described the hearing's "very unique circumstances".

President Trump weighed in on the hearing Tuesday, saying that it was a display of how "angry. the other side is".