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"The litany of "Roberts Five" decisions explains why big Republican interests want Judge Kavanaugh on the court so badly", Whitehouse said.

Today saw the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. They further cite this article as proof Kavanaugh is unlikely to actually do so. The court begins its next term in October.

"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution", Kavanaugh said.

Only after enduring hours of this split-screen speechifying did Kavanaugh get to deliver his opening remarks. They also reveal the level of Democrats' desperation, she said Tuesday in an interview on Cheddar.

Democrats still have an uphill battle to derail Kavanaugh's nomination.

"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", Coons said.

Kavanaugh has been prepping intensively in recent weeks but he held his last, full-day mock hearing last Monday, the White House aide said.

Kavanaugh said he has been a "pro-law judge" who does not seek a pre-ordained outcome, and who would bring his impartiality to the nation's high court.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, attempts to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).

The hearings surrounding President Trump's nominee to join the Supreme Court descended into chaos Tuesday morning, with liberal protesters chanting "vote no" as Congressional Democrats called for an indefinite postponement.

The Context: Kavanaugh's confirmation would tip the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation, and will have wide-ranging ramifications for women's reproductive rights, civil rights, workers' rights, human rights in general, healthcare (pre-existing conditions), as well as the rule of law.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.

He said during his 12 years as a federal appeals judge, he decided more than 300 cases. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris led the charge, accusing the White House and the Republicans of hiding key details about Kavanaugh's time as a Bush-era White House lawyer by refusing to publicly release tens of thousands of documents. He is Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court.

Democrats are demanding they be allowed to review the 100,000 documents about Mr Kavanaugh's record.

"Their motives are clear", said Sen.

With Democratic senators repeatedly 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, the session quickly became a ruckus. Although Senate Repulicans did ask for documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel, the Democrats weren't satisfied.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said President Trump often drove him insane but his choice of Kavanaugh was the best thing he had ever done. He also accused GOP lawmakers of "rushing" Kavanaugh's nomination with an "unprecedented level of secrecy", citing the withheld documents from his tenure in the Bush administration.