Senate Democrats Thought About Staging a Kavanaugh Walkout, Opted for Disruption Instead

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

If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term.

Democrats and Republicans squabbled over documents withheld from the 53-year-old Washington D.C. native's years working for Republican causes.

If Tuesday's "hearing" on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination is how it's going to be, the Senate might as well quit bothering - or at least stop televising the farce.

If no Democrat ultimately supports the nomination, the Republicans have no margin for error in a Senate they control by 50-49. But the Democrat frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years. After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stole this Supreme Court seat from Merrick Garland, many among the Democratic base have demanded that their elected leaders put up a fight no matter the odds. They have accused Democrats of seeking to delay the hearing for purely political reasons.

The ever-polarizing Roe v. Wade is among the cases Kavanaugh's vote could turn.

The organization said in a statement its members went to Capitol Hill as a show of dissent against what it called Kavanaugh's "anti-abortion, anti-health care and anti-women" views, calling the Trump nominee "an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women's basic rights".

Guttenberg said he is certain that Kavanaugh heard him and disputed that the presence of security had any role in the judge's reaction. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee's chairman.

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President Donald Trump's second nominee to the high court was speaking Tuesday on the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings.

The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said President Trump often drove him insane but his choice of Kavanaugh was the best thing he had ever done. 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.

Though the men note that "these precedents. have not yet been applied to require a Supreme Court justice to recuse, they plot a trajectory that points unmistakably in that direction".

Other documents were released at the last minute, or not at all - including documents from 2003 to 2006 when Kavanaugh served as Bush's staff secretary. The two Senators the Democrats had pinned their hopes on, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, don't appear to have given any indication they won't vote with their party.

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. "He could have absolutely shook my hand and said: 'I'm sorry for your loss.' I mean - if nothing else".

Kelly Jean Kelly wrote this story for VOA Learning English with reports from the Associated Press and VOA News. Several Democrats said only about 10% of Kavanaugh's records have been released, and that they wouldn't hire even an intern with that incomplete of a resume.

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