The scene unfolded as Kavanaugh stood up for the recess of his Senate confirmation hearing, which opened in chaos and was marked by dozens of shouting protesters who were removed one by one by security personnel. Flake said he shares the concerns of his Democratic colleagues that Kavanaugh's nomination comes from an "administration that doesn't seem to understand and appreciate separation of powers and the rule of law".
"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution".
"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added. Kamal Harris, hijacked the Tuesday's hearing nearly as soon as it started and urged the committee to delay the hearing amid protests by liberal activists, some of whom were arrested.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the panel holding the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said the White House was trying to "hide" Kavanaugh's records from the Senate and the public. Some liberals saw Kavanaugh's decision not to shake the man's hand as a contemptuous act, a snub to the family of a victim of a heinous crime, and perhaps, by default, the causes of liberal America, not the least of which remains the issue of gun control.
"We have to confront an uncomfortable but important question about whether President Trump may have selected you, Judge Kavanaugh, with an eye towards protecting himself", said Sen.
The Democrats ultimately come to a compromise - a disruptive and chaotic hearing, Politico reported. Grassley ignored the Democrats' request to halt the hearing, saying the demand was "out of order" and accused them of obstruction.
Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house. There were no signs of Republican defections.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the high court-which already had a conservative majority-further to the right. The confirmation hearings should therefore be halted so these issues can be explored and proper recusals agreed to after due deliberation, including full production of the judge's documents so his views can be thoroughly probed.
"You are the nominee of President Donald John Trump". "This was a big step forward, and Kamala Harris showed real leadership by going first in interrupting the hearing". While over 415,000 pages of documents have already been released, others are now being withheld under executive privilege.
Harris and Booker both announced before the hearing they will vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.
The No. 2 ranking Senate Democrat said Democrats discussed in advance tactics for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
Bystanders and media outlets shared videos of the women being led away from the hearing in makeshift handcuffs.
'I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence'.
Well, the elder Guttenberg wanted to shake Kavanaugh's hand as he was getting up to leave... and wouldn't you be shocked to know what the ultra right-winger Kavanaugh did when he heard about Guttenberg's connection to Parkland. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years.
Kavanaugh, now a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will also praise his colleague Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's unsuccessful Supreme Court nominee.
Senate Democrats disrupted the start of the Judiciary Committee hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday morning. Given that he's Trump's nominee, many people on the left are fearful he would vote to weaken or overturn the law. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1. Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents.
Democrats made clear much of their attention during the week will be devoted to whether Kavanaugh believes the landmark case of Roe vs Wade, which guaranteed a right to abortion, was correctly decided. Although he worked on the Starr report, he later wrote that a sitting president should not have to face the distraction of civil or criminal investigations - a position that worries Democrats in light of the ongoing Department of Justice probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".