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And, when the group decides cases, justices often split into the same two groups - conservative and liberal.

The hearing gave Democrats a platform to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Republicans. His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion past year that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody.

Although Kavanaugh helped to investigate then-President Bill Clinton while working for independent counsel Ken Starr in the 1990s, he later wrote in a 2009 law review article that presidents' official duties are too demanding for them to be subject to such a probe.

"I can't be silent when someone is nominated to the Supreme Court who would take our equal rights away".

Democrats ultimately need to convince moderate Republicans to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. A rule change a year ago allows the Senate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote.

Barring any major last-minute surprises, Kavanaugh appears to be on track to be confirmed by the end of the month. Kavanaugh's remarks were not the words of a man interviewing for a spot on the highest court of the land.

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Rebuffed in their request to delay the hearing, Democrats are planning to shine a light on Kavanaugh's views on abortion, executive power and whether Trump could be forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Associated Press photographer Andrew Harnik caught the stunning moment, where Kavanaugh refuses to treat Guttenberg with the most basic of human dignity.

According to a Tuesday Politico report, the younger, aggressive Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee compromised with the older ones who hew more closely to tradition and decorum, deciding to attend but to hijack the proceedings less than a minute into Sen.

"This nominee has devoted his entire career to a conservative Republican agenda", said Sen.

That was good enough for GOP senators, who called Judge Kavanaugh a legal giant. Grassley ignored the Democrats' request to halt the hearing, saying the demand was "out of order" and accused them of obstruction.

If he is approved by the panel, his nomination goes to the entire Senate, where Republicans will hold a very slim 51-49 majority when Republican Jon Kyl fills the seat of the late Arizona Senator John McCain.

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The father of a Parkland shooting victim approached Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after the judge's Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

In a statement Tuesday evening, the U.S. Capitol Police said a total of 70 people were charged with in connection with protests of Tuesday's hearing.

As the hearing began, a week-long ad campaign sponsored by UltraViolet got underway throughout the nation's capitol, with signs proclaiming, "Roe v. Wade is more popular than Brett Kavanaugh". A judge must interpret statutes as written. Rob Portman of OH and liberal lawyer Lisa Blatt.

Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy and even his honesty. Not the U.S. Supreme Court. She said more than 90 percent of his records are being withheld from the Senate and the public. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said: "My friends on the other side: You can't lose the election and and pick judges".

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. In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans' move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees. They also decried a dump of 42,000 documents on Monday night hours before the hearing.

At age 53, Kavanaugh could serve on the court for decades. Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents from Kavanaugh's work with previous administrations.

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