Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Piper Perabo Arrested While Protesting At Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Senate Democrats disrupted the start of the Judiciary Committee hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday morning.

Like Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said during her opening remarks Tuesday, I think the Kavanaugh battle is one worth fighting, regardless of the outcome.

On the first day of the hearing, protestors shouted their disapprovals as Kavanaugh promised to be a "team player" on the court. "I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge". Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents.

If no Democrat ultimately supports the nomination, the Republicans have no margin for error in a Senate they control by 50-49.

After more than an hour or interruptions by senators and repeated screaming protests from the public gallery, the business of the hearing went ahead and Democrats tried a new tack - warning that since President Donald Trump has challenged legal and constitutional norms, his pick for such a crucial pick deserved extra scrutiny.

Kavanaugh sat patiently for almost seven hours, listening to Republican and Democrats speak for and against his joining the court before he finally got his chance to address the panel.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Democrats of trying to conduct the hearing by "mob rule". For more on Kavanaugh's record, including his time working on the Ken Starr investigation of Bill Clinton, his thoughts on Roe v. Wade, and the fact he argued the President should be above the law, read this. The Supreme Court will likely have to make key decisions on the extent of presidential power, with rulings surrounding pardon power, compliance with subpoenas, and presidential immunity.

By not staging a walkout, however, Democrats also allowed themselves to become part of the process and grill Kavanaugh in the upcoming hearings, hoping to mobilize opposition to his candidacy.

There were reportedly concerns that a walkout might backfire, and this way Democratic voters got to watch their senators taking on Kavanaugh, rather than staring at a half-empty chamber.

After the hearing this week, lawmakers will vote on whether to approve Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Guttenberg held out his hand to the judge, who paused for a moment before turning away as a security guard stepped in.

The theatrics reflect the impotence of Democrats who lack the votes in the Senate to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kavanaugh also is likely to face questions about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

"It's that president who's decided you are his man", Durbin said.

Tuesday's hearing was interrupted and delayed by protesters and protests from Democrats who say the hearing should be delayed until they receive more documents from Kavanaugh's time working for President George W. Bush. The Yale law school graduate has spent 12 years on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., where he's authored hundreds of opinions. 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.

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