Protestors in the Senate gallery disrupted the rare Saturday morning session several times and Vice President Mike Pence had to ask for the Senate Sergeant at Arms to remove them from the chamber. He jumped in with his first question after most of the other justices had spoken.
Kavanaugh began his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 45-minute, 5,200-word opening statement to instead issue a fiery denunciation of Democrats, accusing them of wanting "revenge for the Clintons" and on Trump's election as president. The 9th Circuit is based in San Francisco, and hears appeals arising from nine western states as well as the outlying Pacific territories.Trump has struggled to secure confirmations to both courts.The package also includes eight nominees for trial courts in California, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Tennessee. Kavanaugh appeared less sympathetic to the defendants than Gorsuch. A lawyer for a criminal defendant said that pinching Arnold Schwarzenegger might not amount to violence if he was "uniquely immune to pain".
Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act. "But never just kind of mindless obstruction", he said. He served under Justice Kennedy, the very man Kavanaugh is now replacing.
Public servants, such as the justices, rely upon the trust of the people, and Kavanaugh being an accused perpetrator of sexual assault breaks that trust. Lisa Murkowski, to put Kavanaugh on the court by 50-48. "But we got to be tough, and we have to fight for the very things that [civil rights leaders] John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Whitney Young - you know, all those folks gave to us". "I am exhausted. It's been an emotional time. That, I think, is a scary prospect to the people who like what we've been doing on the judge project, and I hope will help us hold on to our majority". The law requires a 15-year minimum sentence for firearm offenders who have three prior serious or violent felony convictions.
Seventeen of the races on the ballot are for open seats with no incumbent: 14 in the House and three in the Senate. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. Kavanaugh was not being tried in a court of law, thus any argument surrounding the notion of innocence was irrelevant.
The Supreme Court has said the crime requires invasion of "a building or structure".
"If I'm chairman next year, I'm going to remember this", Graham said, referring to Democrats' comments and actions during the hearings.
And the #MeToo movement has been set back.
He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation.
He added: "I think it's an insult to the American public". Maine Senator Susan Collins, who recently made waves as the deciding vote to confirm Kavanaugh, was the only Republican to buck party and vote to overturn the expansion. "He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign - really for many years leading up to the campaign - and he's continued to do that inside the White House".
Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful suffering you have been forced to endure".
"[Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday resembled] a political rally that further undermined the image and integrity of the court, '" Clinton continued in her CNN interview.
Alaska Sen. Murkowski was the only Republican who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to a full roll call, and she voted "present" on the final tally. Kavanaugh has also shown his conservative inclination on financial regulations, school choice, and the Second Amendment. Kavanaugh won't vote in those cases, but if the court is split 4-4, it could decide to have those cases reargued so Kavanaugh can break the tie. He will take notes for the justices when they meet for private conferences.
There are also no defined rules for the justices. "That's what this new Democratic Party is about", former Attorney General Eric Holder said over the weekend while campaigning in Georgia.
"They can not understand this movement toward victimization", Cramer said - referring to women in his family - during an interview with The New York Times Monday.