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Kavanaugh was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the bench in July.

If things had gone according to her plans, Hillary Clinton would have been the one making the Supreme Court picks, putting justices on the high court who would uphold a woman's right to abortion, as she promised while campaigning in 2016. Cory Booker questioned Mr. Grassley's "decency and integrity." Sen.

Burck, a private attorney, is a Kavanaugh associate who works with the George W. Bush presidential library and is helping oversee the decisions about which documents from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's associate counsel should be given to Congress or made public. "I don't know why it was marked 'committee confidential'".

"You're saying the numbers determine common use?" Conservatives hope that Kavanaugh's confirmation could create a conservative majority on the court, potentially for decades.

Overall, 70 people were arrested Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct on the first day of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while interrupting Grassley, referring to the September 3 release to the committee of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.

"I've tried to be a very collegial judge, I've tried to be civil", he said. "I understand the importance of the issue".

In a second day of Senate hearings, Brett Kavanaugh said no-one was above the law but he would not be drawn on what he called a hypothetical question.

With impeachment on the minds of many Democrats, some have expressed concerns that Judge Kavanaugh would abuse his position on the Supreme Court to protect the president.

"They are widely possessed in the United States, senator, and they are used and possessed", Kavanaugh responded.

He also repeated that he was unaware of the sexual harassment claims that caused Alex Kozinski to retire past year as an appeals court judge.

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Pressley is poised to become the first African-American woman to represent MA in the state's congressional history. Kennedy, delivered the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union address earlier this year.

Hawaii's Mazie Hirono interrupted Kavanaugh's planned atmosphere of a genial con law class with an intensely personal inquiry about his relationship with his disgraced former boss and mentor Judge Alex Kozinski, who resigned under the dark cloud of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

"Of course the violence in the schools is something we all detest and want to do something about", Kavanaugh said. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation.

Feinstein's assertion that more people would die if Kavanaugh would be confirmed because of his pro-gun stance and his refusal to agree with her assault weapons ban is nothing shy of anti-gun rhetoric at its finest.

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Many reports claimed that Judge Kavanaugh thought the president was above the law. It cited the so-called the US Supreme Court's Chevron doctrine, which gives expert federal agencies the discretion to interpret ambiguous statutes.

"Judge Kavanaugh had more papers submitted to our Judiciary Committee than the last five judicial nominees to the Supreme Court combined", he said. Specifically, the court in its decision said the agency had the authority to reclassify internet services as a so-called Title II service under the Communications Act. That is the period of time when Kavanaugh served as Bush's staff secretary - and for which the White House has said no documents need to be produced because they involve confidential discussions.

Republican Senator John Cornyn branded the chaos "mob rule".

Kavanaugh - holding his daughter's hand and smiling broadly as he entered the hearing rooming - sat stone-faced minutes later as lawmakers spoke loudly over one another, and protesters erupted in anger from the back of the hearing room, leading police to eject them from the proceedings.

"If you love America, stop this travesty!" boomed one woman.