Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Erupts in Chaos

'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

Kavanaugh also described United States v. Nixon, the supreme court ruling that ordered then President Richard Nixon to turn over secret White House recordings toward the end of the Watergate investigation, as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

Senator Ben Sasse used his time to say how much he was exhausted of the theatrics and "patently absurd" criticisms that had been lobbed at Kavanaugh that he claimed were not based on truth or even anything to do with the nominee but rooted in misdirected political fervor. Kavanaugh said he reversed the conviction of a man in a military commissions case who was convicted for an offense that wasn't an identified crime at the time it happened.

Kavanaugh said he would need to see a roster of the firm or know about more about her question before answering.

As an example of precedent, he cited U.S. v Nixon, the Supreme Court's unanimous 1974 ruling that president Richard Nixon was required to comply with a subpoena seeking the Watergate tapes.

On this day of bloviating, it was Sen.

Grassley has called Kavanaugh "one of the most qualified nominees ever picked for the court".

"Respect for precedent is important".

Kavanaugh began his career as a clerk to Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court, and will succeed him on the bench if confirmed.

While judges do, in fact, rely on legal precedent and the text of the Constitution when they decide cases, Clark said, they "filter the precedent through their personal beliefs". His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion previous year that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody. Kavanaugh argued that the detained 17-year-old needed to be transferred to an "immigration sponsor" before being immediately allowed an abortion.

Cornyn and Cruz, however, took aim at Democrats and lobbed basic questions to Kavanaugh.

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

"I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v Wade", he said. George Washington himself, Judge Kavanaugh noted, once asked the Supreme Court for advice (about a British brig, the Little Sarah, that we'd seized). Finally, hours before the hearing, the White House sent 42,000 pages to the committee with instructions that they be kept confidential by senators who viewed them. They say those could shed light on his views about policies from that era, including the detention and interrogation of terror suspects.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed on Twitter that security intervened before Kavanaugh had a chance to respond to Guttenberg. Many are being held as confidential within the committee. Republican, Democrat differences. But in the three-and-a-half years that I've been chairman of the committee, every bill that has come out of the Judiciary Committee has had bipartisan support. "I do not believe that's consistent" with the way prior nominations have been handled.

Kavanaugh said he was not involved.

"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution". Rather, taking advantage of the unprecedented process used by Republicans to rush this nomination through the Senate with just a fraction of the nominee's records, the White House is now asserting that it can withhold whatever documents it wants without formally invoking executive privilege.

One of several Democrats who could potentially vote for Kavanaugh, Sen.

The committee struggled to get through a raucous hearing that was frequently disrupted by people shouting from the audience.

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