Father of Parkland shooting victim approaches Kavanaugh at Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Theresa Obrien
September 5, 2018

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Kavanaugh, a member of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is expected to face aggressive questions from Democrats on executive power, abortion rights, gun regulations and health care during his second day of confirmation hearings. "Either you run the committee or it runs you", Grassley said, signaling that today's hearings will be much more orderly than Tuesday's. "So sad to see!" "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris. Protesters also disrupted the proceedings. Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

"We can not possibly move forward", said Sen.

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. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen.

"There's a 35-month black hole in your White House career where we've been denied access to any and all documents", Durbin said.

The mostly female demonstrators shouted out that Mr Kavanaugh would allow President Trump to pardon himself. 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. That's in contrast to the simple 51-vote majority that applies in most cases. Blumenthal, who had the most objections and repeatedly demanded an adjournment, announced his opposition to Kavanaugh the same day his appointment was announced.

Ted Cruz, who is fighting for his own re-election in Texas, apologized to Kavanaugh for the spectacle he said had less to do about the judge's legal record than Trump in the White House.

When he was sworn in as an appellate judge in 2006, Kavanaugh called an independent judiciary "the crown jewel of our constitutional democracy".

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday lashed out at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for not shaking hands with the father of a student killed in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting earlier this year. He was again sitting in the hearing room for the afternoon session.

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

As for the back-and-forth that took up a majority of Tuesday morning's hearing, Grassley says the work the committee does on a regular basis shows a bipartisan spirit that sometimes is lacking during televised hearings. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".

A source familiar with the encounter said Kavanaugh did not know who Guttenberg was and that security intervened to end the exchange before there could even be a handshake. But the Democrat frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years. He asked Kavanaugh, who sat before the committee with White House officials behind him, to introduce his parents, wife and children. Both sides want activists to legislate for life from those spots, and both sides are willing to play hardball to win their voter-free elections in the form of confirmation votes. He said he would not decide cases on his personal views.

"I revere the Constitution".

Kavanaugh promises that if confirmed he will "keep an open mind in every case". "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", Kavanaugh said. Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.

The nominee planned to tell the senators that he would be "an umpire", a phrase used by Chief Justice John Roberts when he went before the committee in 2005.

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