Democrats Fail to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Despite Pandemonium, Protests

Ignacio Smith
September 5, 2018

Protesters dressed in The Handmaid's Tale costume, protest outside the hearing room where Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. He has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 12 years and has authored 307 opinions, concurrences and dissents.

Still, Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout of Kavanaugh hearings, Politico reported.

Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, the first of a week of confirmation hearings for the nominee, committee Democrats criticized the Trump administration for holding back documents related to Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House. With respect to Justice Kagan, I had a firsthand seat to that.

[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.

The Supreme Court is often thought of as nine separate judges, rather than a team.

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Afterward, Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh "did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence".

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing. But as Graham said yesterday, you can't lose elections and pick judges.

Kavanaugh's hearing began less than 24 hours after the Senate had received 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure, and three days after the White House asserted executive privilege and refused to release a hundred thousand documents.

"I would think that anyone who wanted to sit on the nation's highest court would be proud of their record and would want the American people to see it", said Sen. Booker followed up later in July to declare that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing was "a moral moment" in which "there is [sic] no bystanders". Although he worked on the Starr report, he later wrote that a sitting president should not have to face the distraction of civil or criminal investigations - a position that worries Democrats in light of the ongoing Department of Justice probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

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"What we've heard is the noise of democracy", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

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 US presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign. "It's that President who has decided you are his man".

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said in his opening statement Tuesday.

"We have to confront an uncomfortable but important question", Sen. But that image of refusing to shake the hand of a father who lost his daughter earlier this year should disturb people of every political stripe.

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