Senate Supreme Court hearings have become a pathetic farce

Protesters dress as 'handmaids' for Kavanaugh hearings

Esp Kavanaugh who believes a President is above the law. He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary. "The justices on the Supreme Court do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle".

Kavanaugh himself, however, pushed back against the idea of the Supreme Court as a partisan institution.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added.

"A good judge must be an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favours no litigant or policy", Kavanaugh said in the excerpts released by the White House.

Among those introducing Kavanaugh was Democratic friend and attorney Lisa Blatt, who said that because the presidency and Senate are in Republican hands, "Judge Kavanaugh is the best choice that liberals could reasonably hope for in these circumstances".

It was no less than Senator Grassley and Senator Cornyn who, during the Kagan nomination, said, no, we need to see the documents before the hearing. Some liberals saw Kavanaugh's decision not to shake the man's hand as a contemptuous act, a snub to the family of a victim of a heinous crime, and perhaps, by default, the causes of liberal America, not the least of which remains the issue of gun control.

"We can not possibly move forward", Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said.

One of the concerns by most Democrats is the fact that the Senate has not received 93% of documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time served in the White House, and 96% of these documents have not been made public.

Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house. There were no signs of Republican defections. They are concerned his confirmation would tip the balance of the Court firmly to the right.

More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority.

Of course, Democrats haven't asked any of those questions yet - that begins Wednesday morning.

More than a dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police.

Hatch grew visibly irritated as protesters interrupted him. So Republicans have released only those documents they consider most relevant - about 440,000 pages for senators to see, and fewer than 300,000 publicly.

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. That job involved managing paper flow from advisers to Bush. 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.

The confirmation hearing for US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has descended into "mob rule", a Republican senator said. He was again sitting in the hearing room for the afternoon session.

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