When the father of a school shooting victim held out his hand to Donald Trump's nominee for the supreme court on Tuesday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked at him, then turned without saying a word and walked out.
Brett Kavanaugh arrived this morning with his wife and two young daughters but was kept waiting to make his opening statement before the Senate judiciary committee by yells of protest from the public and attempts by Democratic members to postpone the hearing.
Democrats have promised to quiz Kavanaugh on hot-button issues such as abortion and gun control.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) defended the right of the protesters to speak out.
Protesters interrupted the proceedings from the beginning, shouting "This is a travesty of justice", "Our democracy is broken" and "Vote no on Kavanaugh".
Although Kavanaugh helped to investigate then-President Bill Clinton while working for independent counsel Ken Starr in the 1990s, he later wrote in a 2009 law review article that presidents' official duties are too demanding for them to be subject to such a probe.
"In all of these efforts, he has shown that he seeks to win at all costs, even if that means pushing the envelope", Harris said.
They also say Republicans have blocked access to documents regarding Kavanaugh's work at the White House under George W. Bush.
"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said. Dubbing a ruling "precedent" doesn't stop a Supreme Court justice from curtailing or overturning Roe v. Wade's protections. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said: "These people are so out of line they shouldn't be in the doggone room".
In each case, Kavanaugh said, he followed the law and did not let any personal or policy preferences get in his way.
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Perhaps the key issue for Kavanaugh will be his loyalty to President Trump and whether or not he believes a sitting president can be indicted in light of the ongoing Russian Federation probe which so far has led to two guilty convictions for former Trump campaign associates. Kavanaugh has argued that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and investigations while in office.
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. Chris Coons, D-Del.
Grassley called the Democrats' request to halt the hearing "out of order" and accused them of obstruction.
"Their motives are clear", said Sen.
Still, Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout of Kavanaugh hearings, Politico reported.
Guttenberg attended the confirmation hearing as a guest of Sen.
GOP senators vowed to resist those efforts and keep on track for vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 20, with a floor vote the final week of the month.
"The president that nominated you has said, 'I will nominate someone who is anti-choice and pro-gun.'" Feinstein said.
Afterwards, he said, he was allowed to return as the hearing continued.
"You had a chance and you lost", Graham said, referring to the 2016 presidential contest. "If you want to pick judges you'd better win".