Kavanaugh Hearing: Guide to Supreme Court Terms

A demonstrator shouts as Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., described himself as an "independent" judge.

"Well, I'm not remembering, but if you have something you want to." he said, trailing off.

Kavanaugh signalled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe versus Wade Supreme Court ruling legalising abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.

Committees are limited to meeting for a total of two hours each day the Senate is in session unless unanimous consent is granted on the floor, which it nearly always is.

"I was just arrested for civil disobedience in the Kavanaugh hearings". "I understand the importance of the issue". Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure". He said victims of sexual harassment need better information about how to come forward.

Under questioning from senators on Wednesday, Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide and condemned the spate of US school shootings. "As a minor, the government argued that it was proper or appropriate to transfer her quickly first to an immigration sponsor", said Kavanaugh.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News. A handful of Democrats seeking re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 could vote for Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh had declared that the DC Circuit majority's opinion would lead to a new right for "immediate abortion on demand". "I am a skeptic of unauthorized regulation, of illegal regulation, of regulation that's outside the bounds of what the laws passed by Congress have said". George Washington himself, Kavanaugh noted, once asked the Supreme Court for advice about a British brig we'd seized. Senate Democrats challenged his record on hot-button issues such as abortion, affirmative action and presidential power.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch bluntly asked Kavanaugh what loyalty he owes Trump.

A heckler interrupts the proceedings during the first day of hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in Washington, on September 4, 2018.

"No one is above the law", including those in the executive branch, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I am a pro-law judge". He hit the expected notes, invoking the importance of landmark Supreme Court decisions like Brown v. Board of Education - which Senator Kamala Harris had used as in her opening statement as a reason he shouldn't be confirmed - and USA v. Nixon, the unanimous decision that limited the scope of presidential power by ordering then-President Richard Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation.

Sasse then used a hypothetical president from the "purple" party that gets drunk and hits someone with their vehicle to press Kavanaugh if he thought that hypothetical president would be "immune" from being sued or charged with a crime.

At the end of her questioning, Feinstein thanked Kavanaugh for being "forthcoming" - an exchange that would be among the most friendly the nominee would have with Democratic members of the committee.

There is a long history of heated fights over US Supreme Court nominations. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions chose to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters.

Republican Senator John Cornyn branded the chaos "mob rule".

In his opening remarks, Grassley accused Democrats - who plotted strategy for the hearing on a conference call Monday - of colluding with protesters to disrupt the hearing.

"If you love America, stop this travesty!" boomed one woman.

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