The Senate Judiciary Committee launches confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday morning, starting what is expected to be a bitterly partisan gauntlet as Democrats vow to scrutinize his lengthy record in the Bush administration. The first day of hearings on Sept. 4 was delayed nearly 90 minutes as Democrats made repeated requests for Kavanaugh documents along with motions to adjourn.
Sen. Kamala Harris said, “We cannot possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman with this hearing. We have not been given an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing on this nominee.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal asked to adjourn the hearing if motion is not heard.
Sen. Cory Booker — to cheers — asks for a debate on the issues and asks why rush through this. He appealed to Grassley’s decency and integrity which Grassley said Booker was taking advantage of.
Grassley said he wanted to move forward, and protestors began shouting.
The fight here is being waged by Dems in the rank-and-file, like Blumenthal, Harris, Booker, Klobuchar. Feinstein, ranking Dem, mostly sitting back other than delivering her opening statement. Schumer convened a call with Dem members over weekend to coordinate aggressive tactics— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 4, 2018
(1) Booker at the Kavanaugh hearing: We just need more time to carefully consider this nomination. What’s the Rush?— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 4, 2018
(2) Inbox, moments ago: pic.twitter.com/GUj7NIyf9B
Democrats plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend and all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing, sources tell me and @frankthorp— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 4, 2018
Dem leader @chuckschumer led a phone call and committee members are executing now
INTERRUPTIONS SO FAR:— Alyssa E. Hackbarth (@AlyssaEinDC) September 4, 2018
Blumenthal, Richard 13
Booker, Cory 10
Harris, Kamala 8
Hirono, Mazie 6
Klobuchar, Amy 3
Whitehouse, Sheldon 2
Leahy, Patrick 1
Coons, Christopher 1
Highlights from the morning session:
Democratic Senator Blumenthal to Judge Kavanaugh: "This process has been a great disservice to you"
Sen. Booker on Kavanaugh hearing: What's with the rush? What are we trying to hide?
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) pleads to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to delay the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats are angered that documents on Kavanaugh’s career have been withheld without justification and that 42,000 unvetted pages were released only on the eve of the hearing.