Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Women dressed in Handmaid's Tale robes protest Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in at her 1993 confirmation hearing Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in at her 1993 confirmation hearing
Rosie Leonard | 05 September, 2018, 13:44

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), told The Washington Post that he had wanted simply to share his pain with Kavanaugh.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee mounted a coordinated effort to derail the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 4, delaying the chairman's opening remarks with more than an hour of out-of-order objections.

Tuesday's hearing closed with Kavanaugh offering his opening remarks.

If no Democrat ultimately supports the nomination, the Republicans have no margin for error in a Senate they control by 50-49.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

The Analysis: From the unrelenting protests to the fiery rhetoric from Democrats, this was widely seen as the most contentious Supreme Court hearing in recent memory.

During a break in a confirmation hearing over his potential appointment earlier today, Kavanaugh was approached by a man named Fred Guttenberg, who reached out with his hand to shake that of Kavanaugh's.

Should a single Republican defect to oppose Kavanaugh it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, but there has been little sign that any member of the GOP was prepared to buck Trump and their party leadership.

After the hearing this week, lawmakers will vote on whether to approve Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Flake said he shares the concerns of his Democratic colleagues that Kavanaugh's nomination comes from an "administration that doesn't seem to understand and appreciate separation of powers and the rule of law".

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. Kavanaugh has produced more records to the committee than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, according to the chairman.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh is surrounded by photographers as he takes his seat for his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018.

The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month. There has been speculation Booker and Harris might consider 2020 presidential runs.

He said during his 12 years as a federal appeals judge, he decided more than 300 cases.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called Kavanaugh "unquestionably qualified", and said Democrats are "making a demand that they know is impossible to meet".

Republicans also have released some, but not all, of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office under Bush. And on Tuesday, it was nice to see the Senate Democrats agree on this point as well.

Harris opened the protest as soon as Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley brought the hearing to order in line with a plan drawn up by Democrats over the weekend.

Kelly Jean Kelly wrote this story for VOA Learning English with reports from the Associated Press and VOA News.

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