'Sham President, Sham Justice!': Protesters Disrupt Day 2 of Kavanaugh Hearings

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Their reproductive rights are stripped completely away.

"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said. "I had to leave my state of Missouri to seek my abortion".

Legal experts said most of these non-responses were standard.

In his 2006 confirmation hearing for the federal appeals court, Kavanaugh said that "I was not involved and am not involved in the questions about the rules governing detention of combatants". Kavanaugh would have denied her immediate access to an abortion, even after she received permission from a Texas judge. Although he told Sen. The Supreme Court nominations of Merrick Garland and Kavanaugh are two sides of the same coin.

When Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE, who is one of the Senators who has introduced legislation to protect the Special Counsel's office, asked about the article Kavanaugh authored in 1998 arguing that a President can fire a Special Counsel investigating him, he declined to delve into any more detail.

However, during Tuesday's hearing, a staff member for Sen.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

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

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. [He] will end abortion care as we know it in America. A video of the incident shows Perabo shouting, along with other protesters, during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington DC. "I don't know why it was marked 'committee confidential'".

The committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, disagreed.

Kavanaugh also described U.S. v. Nixon, the supreme court ruling that ordered then President Richard Nixon to turn over secret White House recordings toward the end of the Watergate investigation, as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history". "You specifically argued that the D.C. assault weapons ban was unconstitutional and I think because you said these weapons were in common use. It's about protecting the most personal decisions we all make from government intrusion".

"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", added Kavanaugh, who was facing his first questions from senators after giving an opening statement on Tuesday.

Democrats started to question Kavanaugh on abortion and gun rights, among other issues.

The BBC's Gary O'Donoghue, in Washington, says the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election has raised important constitutional questions about the extent to which an incumbent president can be forced to co-operate.

"Do you agree with Justice [Sandra Day] O'Connor that a woman's right to control her reproductive life impacts her ability to 'participate equally in the economic and social life of the nation?'" Sen.

Then Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another Democrat, chimed in. "That's a radical and extreme proposition".

"We can not possibly move forward". Kavanaugh again said he had never taken a position on those issues, though he did write in a 1998 article that impeachment may be the only way to hold a president accountable while in office. Journalist Bob Woodward's new book about Trump says Kavanaugh recommended Porter for the job.

Kavanaugh emphasized he would be an independent justice. "A good judge must be an umpire", he said. We're very different on this judgeship or judges generally. "I am a pro-law judge". Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions made a decision to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters. The hearing is expected to continue for the remainder of the week.