Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence as he faced questioning at his confirmation hearing Wednesday from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump's man on the high court. A few years later, in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Court found that an OR law requiring parents to send their children to public schools "unreasonably interfere [d] with the liberty of parents and guardians to direct the upbringing and education of children under their control".
The session quickly descended into turmoil with Democratic senators interrupting the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman Chuck Grassley at the outset of the hearing and dozens of shouting protesters removed one by one by security personnel. I am glad Judge Kavanaugh is before us, he has more than 300 opinions the members can review to ask about his legal knowledge and constitutional understanding. But with Judiciary Committee Democrats divided between younger upstarts and veterans hesitant to completely buck Senate norms, they settled on merely disrupting the proceedings - for now.
Kavanaugh has often praised United States v. Nixon, the landmark Supreme Court decision which required then-President Richard Nixon to comply with a subpoena from a special prosecutor who sought tapes and documents pertaining to the Watergate scandal.
Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh. "So sad to see!" Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) brought the hearing to order, he was interrupted by multiple protests. Protestors also made multiple appearances that were impossible to ignore. "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice", shouted one woman.
Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPlanned Parenthood targets Kavanaugh in new ads launched on first day of confirmation hearing Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to women, workers, and the environment Tributes pour in for John McCain MORE (R-Alaska) also told reporters after her meeting with Kavanaugh that he confirmed his comments to Collins. These cases concern what it means to be treated fairly by the government, so that we can make the types of personal decisions that give us a say in our own lives. "[Our] goals for this midterm election is to ensure we maximize voter anticipation across the country, so that the outcome of this upcoming election will be that democracy works for all, and particularly African-Americans".
"Republicans are trying to jam through a Supreme Court nominee who was selected specifically because he would overturn Roe v. Wade and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions", Sen.
"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen.
Kavanaugh began his career as a clerk to Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court, and will succeed him on the bench if confirmed.
If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation. He added that "many of the questions you will get on the other side of the aisle and from me will" center on separation of powers. Orrin Hatch tried to get the jump on Democrats with questions for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about allegiance to the president, his relationship with a judge accused of sexual misconduct and separation of powers Wednesday. Sources said that during a conference call on the eve of the hearing, Senate Democrats debated staging a mass walkout, or refusing to show up at all.
Pointing to recent protests that have targeted GOP Sens. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff".