Democrats demand delay of Supreme Court justice hearing

Democrats demand delay of Supreme Court justice hearing

On the first day of the hearing, protestors shouted their disapprovals as Kavanaugh promised to be a "team player" on the court.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the massacre, tried to introduce himself to Kavanaugh - but it was not clear if the Supreme Court nominee heard him.

Guttenberg has been pushing for increased gun control measures ever since his daughter became one of 17 people killed in the February 14 Parkland school massacre.

"I simply said, 'Hi, my name is Fred Guttenberg, I'm the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland, ' " Guttenberg told Kate Bolduan on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront".

"He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away", Guttenberg wrote.

Like Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said during her opening remarks Tuesday, I think the Kavanaugh battle is one worth fighting, regardless of the outcome.

Democrats said they wanted to see all of the documents from his time as White House staff secretary before the hearings, but Republicans did not request those documents, arguing they were irrelevant to his nomination.

Veteran Democrat Dick Durbin said Kavanaugh "totally reversed" after working in the White House when Bush was considering warrantless wiretapping and torture of enemy combatants, and warned that a similar position would only serve to insulate Trump.




It appears Republicans have the numbers to confirm Kavanaugh given they hold a slim majority in the Senate and no GOP senators have yet come out against his appointment.

The obstructionist tactics, while will sure boost some lawmakers' reputations among the increasingly liberal base, may still backfire when it comes to the confirmation of Kavanaugh.

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

Protesters, mostly women, took turns yelling as senators spoke, shouting, "This is a travesty of justice", "Our democracy is broken" and "Vote no on Kavanaugh". But the justices often say they seek consensus when they can, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions. "If you want to pick judges from your way of thinking, then you better win an election". "That's a violation of judicial independence", he said.

In his opening statement, Kavanaugh vows to be a "pro-law judge" who will interpret the law impartially. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", he said.

Kavanaugh, a champion of gun rights, has been backed by the National Rifle Association, which announced in August that it was spending at least $1m on a national advertising campaign to support the judge's confirmation to the supreme court.

Republicans also past year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first high-court nominee. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate".

But Mr. Grassley did allow Democrats to vent for the first hour, delaying the start of the proceedings but, he said, letting them work out some of their anger.

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