Saturday, 22 September, 2018

COURT CHAOS: Kavanaugh Hearing Interrupted by Protesters, Dems Call for DELAY

Kavanaugh set to begin confirmation hearings Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court
Andrew Wong | 05 September, 2018, 18:26

Democrats are demanding they be allowed to review the 100,000 documents about Mr Kavanaugh's record.

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh opened on a contentious note Tuesday, with Senate Democrats raising noisy objections that much of Kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail is still off limits.

Republicans also previous 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 Trump's first high court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Remember, during today's hearing lots of minutes were spent listening to what a great guy Kavanaugh is, and how the girls he coaches in basketball just love him.

Republicans hoped to use the four-day hearing as an opportunity to highlight Kavanaugh's distinguished career as a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington, DC. "So sad to see!"

As protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room, Kavanaugh sat fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead.

"We can not possibly move forward".

She was angry that the Trump administration had released - just the night before - tens of thousands of pages of government documents related to Kavanaugh's public service. Democrats continued to speak over the Chairman even after they were ruled out of order to the jeers of protestors who had to be removed.

Trump is facing dismal approval ratings as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Russian collusion with Trump's team closes in on the White House. President Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to break the tie. He also accused them of obstruction.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dismissed the complaints over missing documents as a distraction. That's in contrast to the simple 51-vote majority that applies in most cases.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms".

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A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass as the motorcade passed underneath on Interstate 17. Twenty-four sitting US senators, four former senators and other leaders were among those expected at Thursday's memorial.

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The singer stayed silent for almost a full minute in front of a star-studded backdrop, before concluding, "We love you, Aretha". Swanson-she invited us in, and we all sat together and ate fried chicken", funeral director O'Neil Swanson II said.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed on Twitter that security intervened before Kavanaugh had a chance to respond to Guttenberg. After conferencing over the holiday weekend, the Democrats barely let Kavanaugh's weeklong confirmation get started before taking over, essentially shouting down Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. He asks what makes a judge a good one and how he goes about deciding cases.

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 cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and us v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. He was again sitting in the hearing room for the afternoon session.

"I think you are taking advantage of my decency and my integrity", Grassley fired-back. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's remarks were not the words of a man interviewing for a spot on the highest court of the land. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. If he is accepted, he could begin work as early as October 1.

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, took aim on Wednesday at those who have defended Kavanaugh, accusing them of letting a "lack of humanity" take a back seat to their support for the conservative judge.

In each case, Kavanaugh said, he followed the law and did not let any personal or policy preferences get in his way.

"I revere the Constitution".

Kavanaugh, 53, would replace retired swing-vote justice Anthony Kennedy, a move that could solidify a hard-right majority on the nine-member court and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation or more. But as Graham said yesterday, you can't lose elections and pick judges.

If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.

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. Kavanaugh's stern reaction is going viral.

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