Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing: A Chaotic Start And A Revealing Moment

Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing: A Chaotic Start And A Revealing Moment

"I was just arrested for civil disobedience in the Kavanaugh hearings", wrote Perabo, also known for "Covert Affairs".

Later on, the Late Night host said it's "absurd" to allow Trump to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat since he "might go to jail" and dismissed Kavanaugh as a "lifelong partisan Republican".

If Tuesday's "hearing" on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination is how it's going to be, the Senate might as well quit bothering - or at least stop televising the farce.

Kavanaugh is 53 years old.

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh will restrict abortion rights or even aim to overturn Roe v. Wade, ease gun restrictions, and protect the president.

One of the most revealing moments about Kavanaugh's character that has gotten a lot of attention didn't happen while the hearing was in session.

U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court has pledged to be a neutral "umpire" who favours the law over personal preference.

Democrat senators regularly interrupted Grassley to demand the committee be suspended until they received all the documents they had requested.

Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, and eldest daughter entered the committee room with Grassley just after 9:30 am. Kennedy, who retired in July, was the perennial deciding vote on 5-4 cases, usually siding with the four conservatives but swinging to the liberals' side on abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and other social issues.

Abortion-rights activist Karen Nicholls confronts anti-abortion leader the Rev. Flip Benham in 2001 during protests by the two groups at a Wichita Kan. medical clinic operated by Dr. George Tiller who performed abortions
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Kavanaugh topped a list of 25 potential nominees put together by the White House in conjunction with conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.

He called the Supreme Court "the last line of defense for the separation of powers (in the USA government), and the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution".

He said that throughout his 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit he had ruled in favour of both workers and business, at times for environmentalists and at others for coal miners.

Republicans also have released some but not all of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office prior to become staff secretary.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate".

Democrats are bemoaning a gap in Kavanaugh's official record totaling some 35 months in the White House.

Right as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-IA) moves to begin, Democrats interjected and made motions to adjourn the hearing, pointing to the thousands of documents that have yet to be reviewed.

Read the full report at Fox News.

The hearing gave Democrats a platform to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Republicans.

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