Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

White House's Late Release of Documents Gets Kavanaugh Hearing Off to Crazy Start

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was able to deliver his opening remarks for only a few seconds before Democratic California Sen.

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. It was a characterization rejected by Democrats. "This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured and killed because of it", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

Sen. Cory Booker slammed Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley moments later, saying the proceedings violated his "sense of decency".

Democrats on the committee complained that hundreds of thousands of pages of documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House have not been turned over.

"We can not possibly move forward". Those decisions were ideal fodder for Democrats, who have been pushing for a full release of these documents since President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, to pounce.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says security intervened before Kavanaugh could shake the hand of the "unidentified individual". The two Senators the Democrats had pinned their hopes on, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, don't appear to have given any indication they won't vote with their party. There were no signs of Republican defections.

Trump's first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017, 14 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy in President Barack Obama's a year ago in office.

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Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27.

One of the concerns by most Democrats is the fact that the Senate has not received 93% of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time served in the White House, and 96% of these documents have not been made public.

The tension was only exacerbated after the National Archives said it would be unable to release all of the documents that the Senate had requested from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel before October. Last night, Republicans and those in charge of the process for reviewing Kavanaugh's record-like private attorney Bill Burck, who also happens to represent former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in the Russian Federation probe-dumped over 42,000 pages of documents on Judiciary Committee members.

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing.

Kavanaugh sat silently and impassively for most of the day, occasionally sipping water and taking notes on senators' points. The reason that Supreme Court nominations have become such a high-stakes game is that the legislature doesn't want to conduct tough votes on policy, Sasse stated. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years. Now, the nominee will face off with lawmakers about whether he's fit to fill the vacancy. But then again, Senate Republicans showed their willingness to bend and flout regulations in order to wrest control of the federal judiciary when they refused to even meet with President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and blocked his confirmation long enough to get Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Court instead.

The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month.

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