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Kavanaugh Hearing Off to Raucous Start

Democrats try to have it adjourned as it begins
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – Early fireworks: The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing got off to a lively start on Tuesday as Democrats repeatedly interrupted the opening statement of Republican Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reports the Hill. One Democrat after another spoke up to demand that the hearing be postponed until they can see thousands of documents that have been withheld in regard to the Supreme Court nominee. Protesters in the audience also interrupted, but Grassley said the hearing would not be delayed. "If we cannot be recognized I move to adjourn," said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal. "We have been denied real access to the documents we need," he said, calling the panel's handling of the matter a "charade."

Kavanaugh, for his part, intends to tell the committee that he will be a non-biased judge. “I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences,” Kavanaugh says in excerpts of his opening statement released in advance, per the Washington Post. “I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge,” Kavanaugh says. “I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge.” (Kavanaugh's attorney released thousands of pages ahead of the hearing, but not enough to appease Democrats.)

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