Brett Kavanaugh refuses handshake with Parkland father Fred Guttenberg

Cristina Cross
September 5, 2018

[W] e believe the Constitution instructs that a judge nominated to the Court in the situation that currently confronts Judge Kavanaugh recuse himself from the full swath of cases presenting the issues of personal presidential liability. and that precedent demands he do so now, as other nominees have done under far less compelling circumstances.

Kavanaugh is likely to be questioned about his views on investigating sitting presidents and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

Sen. Ben Sasse said Tuesday on Special Report that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing showed that both Republicans and Democrats are doing a poor job teaching civics to American kids.

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

Kavanaugh, a champion of gun rights, has been backed by the National Rifle Association, which announced in August that it was spending at least $1m on a national advertising campaign to support the judge's confirmation to the supreme court. Protesters also disrupted the proceedings.

A demonstrator shouts as Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said.

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", said Harris at the top of proceedings.

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That seat in particular has been held by two men who were heralded as giants of the Senate: McCain took the seat once held by Sen. Prior to his service in the Senate, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 through 1995.

"We have not been given an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing on this nominee", said Sen. Just hours before the hearing began, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee received 42,000 pages of new documents, adding to more than 400,000 produced over the summer.

White House spokesperson Raj Shah said security intervened before Kavanaugh could shake the hand of the "unidentified individual". Kavanaugh served in the White House Counsel's office during the Bush Administration subsequently served as staff secretary; his paper trail was always going to be longer than any of the other nominees the President was considering after Justice Anthony Kennedy resigned from his position in June. The two Senators the Democrats had pinned their hopes on, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, don't appear to have given any indication they won't vote with their party. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., made a motion to adjourn. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris led the charge, accusing the White House and the Republicans of hiding key details about Kavanaugh's time as a Bush-era White House lawyer by refusing to publicly release tens of thousands of documents.

Majority Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic votes, though they'll have little margin for error.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, warned that Kavanaugh would tilt the high court to the right, especially on hot-button issues such as abortion and gun control. He was again sitting in the hearing room for the afternoon session.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen.

"I think you are taking advantage of my decency and my integrity", Grassley fired-back.

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