Democrat protesters interrupt Kavanaugh hearing

Cristina Cross
September 6, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh declined to answer two questions from Democratic senators related to presidential investigations during his confirmation hearing - if a president should comply with a subpoena and if he has the ability to self-pardon - saying both were hypothetical.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, attempts to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right.

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 USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.

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. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Sen.

Ever the polished politician, Kavanaugh took time to explain why he was dodging all these "how would you rule on ...?" questions: "My personal beliefs are not relevant to how I decide cases", he said.

Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) gave Judge Kavanaugh a chance to calm the fears of his colleagues about whether the judge is loyal to Trump or the American people.

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 USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.

Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1. That's what I owe loyalty to.

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The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. "Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself", he said.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the panel holding the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said the White House was trying to "hide" Kavanaugh's records from the Senate and the public.

He also said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings.

One big reason Kavanaugh is so unpopular may have nothing to do with him personally, and is more about the Republican Party's clear desire to overturn Roe v. Wade.

He asked Kavanaugh, who sat before the committee with White House officials behind him, to introduce his parents, wife and children. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy.

Capitol Police on Tuesday removed 61 protesters opposed to Kavanaugh from the room - often forcibly dragging them as they defiantly screamed about reproductive rights and other issues - and charged them with disorderly conduct.

Monday night, the committee received 42,000 pages of documents about Kavanaugh's years with the Bush administration, prompting complaints from Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

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