Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, attempts to shake hands with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, right, as he leaves for a lunch break while appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh's comments will do little to pacify skeptics, who have cited his opposition to a court ruling past year that an undocumented immigrant teenager who was in government custody was entitled to seek an abortion. Kavanaugh has an extensive political background, including work for the President George W. Bush White House.
White House spokesman Raj Shah posted a video of the moment and said it "clearly shows security intervened" when Kavanaugh was approached by the "unidentified individual". He also would not say whether he believes the president can be subpoenaed to testify.
Politico, citing unnamed sources, reported that during a Labor Day conference call, Democratic senators debated whether to walk out in protest of the Republican opposition to the release of millions of pages of missing Kavanaugh documents.
Texas Republican John Cornyn said it was "the first confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice I've seen basically according to mob rule". We can not and should not confirm a justice who believes the president's views carry the day. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
Cruz said his Democratic colleagues were trying to relitigate the results of the 2016 election.
But one of the protesters took exception to Grassley's assertion, since, she said, she was calling out Democratic leaders such as Sen.
"Similarly", reasoned Grassley, "we know what kind of judge Kavanaugh will be, because we know what kind of judge he has been for the last twelve years on the most influential circuit court".
"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen.
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Senate Democrats have suggested that Kavanaugh could be biased in favor of the President. Majority Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush.
If confirmed, the conservative appeals court judge would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.
On Wednesday, Durbin challenged Kavanaugh on the grounds that the girl had satisfied all of Texas's prerequisites to obtaining an abortion, including an ultrasound and securing a judicial bypass to parental consent requirements.
"If confirmed to the Supreme Court and as a sitting judge, I owe my loyalty to the Constitution", he said holding up a tattered pocket-size copy of the document. "But the American people don't want their judges to pick sides before they hear a case".
Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.
Republicans said Tuesday that their staff had enough time to review the documents, but Sen.
But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous". He likened it to another controversial, landmark Supreme Court decision, the Miranda ruling about the rights of criminal suspects. Democrats have attacked the records production on two fronts. Democrats have been particularly interested in whether documents would reveal more about whether Kavanaugh played a role in developing Bush's policy on torture. "Now we need other Democrats who aren't on the committee to speak up and oppose this nominee, too", Brian Fallon, director of Demand Justice, an anti-Kavanaugh group, told the outlet.
The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.