'Mob rule' rocks US Senate hearing for judge

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate

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Democrats, in a futile effort to delay the hearing, were responding to growing frustrations from their base that the party has not been vocal enough in protesting the successor to Anthony Kennedy.

The tactics, while good fodder for television, are unlikely to be very effective for Democrats, said Erin Delmore, a senior political correspondent for Bustle. John McCain. When Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will hold 51 of the 100 seats.

Democrats are concerned that Kavanaugh will restrict abortion rights or even aim to overturn Roe v. Wade, ease gun restrictions, and protect the president.

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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.

He said that throughout his 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit he had ruled in favour of both workers and business, at times for environmentalists and at others for coal miners.

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So far, no Republicans have said they plan to vote against Kavanaugh.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa gaveled in the first day of hearings on Tuesday morning.

Committee chair, Republican Chuck Grassley, admitted he had lost control of the hearings and berated himself for not being tougher on his fellow senators. "If confirmed to the court, I would be part of a Team of Nine, committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States".

Questioning of Kavanaugh will not begin until Wednesday.

The paper trail from those jobs proved to be too voluminous for the Senate to pile through in the eight weeks since Kavanaugh's nomination.

One reality that undercuts the document demands is that all the committee Democrats have already announced their opposition to Kavanaugh.

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Senate Democrats staged an aggressive bid Tuesday to slow the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as fury over a selection that could tilt the nation's top bench to the right for a generation exploded on Capitol Hill. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate". Although Senate Repulicans did ask for documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel, the Democrats weren't satisfied.

As Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley began reading his opening statement, he was interrupted by Democratic Sen.

President Trump weighed in on the hearing Tuesday, saying that it was a display of how "angry. the other side is". Sources said that during a conference call on the eve of the hearing, Senate Democrats debated staging a mass walkout, or refusing to show up at all.

Kavanaugh sat patiently for almost seven hours, listening to Republican and Democrats speak for and against his joining the court before he finally got his chance to address the panel.

"Big Republican interests keep winning 5-4 partisan decisions: 73-0, Mr. Kavanaugh, every damned time", Whitehouse said.

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