Democratic Senators Challenge, Object, Interrupt Kavanaugh Hearing: "A Charade And A Mockery"

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The hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination began with partisan fireworks Tuesday morning, as Democratic senators interrupted the chairman's opening statements and protesters shouted and screamed from the audience.

GRASSLEY: Good morning. I welcome everyone to this confirmation hearing on the nomination of...

HARRIS: Mr. Chairman...



GRASSLEY: ... Judge Brett Kavanaugh...

HARRIS: Mr. Chairman...

GRASSLEY: ... to serve as associate justice...

HARRIS: Mr. Chairman, I'd like to be recognized for...

GRASSLEY: ... of the Supreme Court of the United States.

HARRIS: ... a question before we proceed.

(UNKNOWN): Regular order, Mr. Chairman.

HARRIS: Mr. Chairman, I'd like to be recognized to ask a question before we proceed.

The committee received just last night, less than 15 hours ago...

(UNKNOWN): Mr. Chairman, regular order.

HARRIS: ... 42,000 pages of documents that we have not had an opportunity to review or read or analyze.

GRASSLEY: You are out -- you're out of order. I'll proceed.

HARRIS: We cannot possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing.

(CROSSTALK)

GRASSLEY: I extend a very warm welcome to Judge Kavanaugh...

HARRIS: We have not been given an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing ...

GRASSLEY: ... to his wife, Ashley...

HARRIS: ... on this nominee.

GRASSLEY: ... their two daughters...

(CROSSTALK)

(UNKNOWN): Mr. Chairman, I agree with my colleague, Senator Harris.

GRASSLEY: ... their extended family and friends...

(UNKNOWN): Mr. Chairman, we received...

GRASSLEY: Judge Kavanaugh's many law clerks, and everyone else joining us...

(UNKNOWN): 42,000 documents that we haven't been able...

GRASSLEY: ... today.

(UNKNOWN): ... to review last night, and we believe this hearing should be postponed.

GRASSLEY: I know that is an exciting day for all of you here...

BLUMENTHAL: Mr. Chairman...

GRASSLEY: ... and you're rightly proud of the judge.

BLUMENTHAL: Mr. Chairman, if -- if we cannot be recognized, I move to adjourn.

GRASSLEY: The American people...

BLUMENTHAL: Mr. Chairman, I move to adjourn.

GRASSLEY: ... (inaudible) directly from Judge Kavanaugh, and later this afternoon...

(APPLAUSE)

BLUMENTHAL: I move -- Mr. Chairman, I move to adjourn.

GRASSLEY: And...

BLUMENTHAL: And, Mr. Chairman, we have been denied -- we have been denied real access to the documents we need to advise (inaudible)...

(UNKNOWN): Mr. Chairman, regular order is called for.

BLUMENTHAL: ... which turns this hearing into a charade and a mockery of our norms.

GRASSLEY: Well...

BLUMENTHAL: And, Mr. Chairman, I therefore move to adjourn this hearing.

GRASSLEY: OK.

PROTESTER: This is a mockery and a travesty of justice. This is a travesty of justice. We will not go back (ph). Cancel Brett Kavanaugh, adjourn the hearing.

(CROSSTALK)

BLUMENTHAL: Mr. Chairman, I -- I ask for a roll call vote on my motion to adjourn.

PROTESTER: (OFF-MIKE)

GRASSLEY: OK.

BLUMENTHAL: Mr. Chairman, I move to adjourn. I ask for a roll call vote.

GRASSLEY: We're not in executive session. We will continue as planned.

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