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Democrats Fail to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Despite Pandemonium, Protests

Democrats Kavanaugh confirmation hearing protestsDemocrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee mounted a coordinated effort to derail the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 4, delaying the chairman’s opening remarks with more than an hour of out-of-order objections.

The interruptions, combined with shouting and screaming from hecklers in the audience, created a level of chaos that served to underscore the historical significance of Kavanaugh’s appointment and the effect his presence on the court may have in the years to come.

The Democrats repeatedly interrupted Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), demanding to see more documents on Kavanaugh, some of which have been blocked by the White House, citing executive privilege. Grassley, who struggled to maintain order but remained patient, countered that Kavanaugh, 53, has made more documents available for review than the five previous Supreme Court nominees combined.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

“The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress. So sad to see!”

News photographers clicked pictures of a smiling Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, as he entered the hearing room along with his wife and two daughters. But moments after Grassley opened the session, Democrats interrupted the chairman, decrying the withholding of documents and continuously asking to have the proceedings adjourned.

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing. They took turns yelling as senators spoke, with one shouting, “This is a travesty of justice,” while another shouted, “Our democracy is broken,” and a third urging, “Vote no on Kavanaugh.” Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.

“We cannot possibly move forward. We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) while interrupting Grassley, referring to the Sept. 3 release to the committee of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee’s work with past administrations.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Democrats of trying to conduct the hearing by “mob rule.” Grassley ignored the Democrats’ request to halt the hearing, saying the demand was “out of order” and accused them of obstruction.

In total, the Democrats spoke out of turn and interrupted the hearing 63 times and complained about the withholding of documents 129 times, according to a tally kept by White House spokesperson Raj Shah.

Grassley noted that despite his staff being available around the clock to help Democrats access records, not a single Democratic senator showed up. Kavanaugh has produced more records to the committee than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, according to the chairman.

“The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don’t have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a “charade” and “a mockery of our norms.”

Republicans also have released some but not all of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh’s two years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office prior to becoming staff secretary.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the high court—which already had a conservative majority—further to the right. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation. Democrats signaled that they would press Kavanaugh in depth on abortion and gun rights, among other issues, when they get to question the nominee.

Republicans have said that Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh’s record, including his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. They have accused Democrats of seeking to delay the hearing for purely political reasons.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told Grassley, “Mr. Chairman, I think we ought to have this loudmouth removed. We shouldn’t have to put up with this kind of stuff.”

There is a long history of heated fights over U.S. Supreme Court nominations, with anger in both parties. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on Sept. 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

Democrats accuse Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama’s nominee to the high court, Merrick Garland, in 2016, allowing Trump to fill a Supreme Court vacancy instead.

Republicans also last year reduced the margin for advancing Supreme Court nominations from 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to a simple majority in order to force through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first high-court nominee. In 2013, Democrats set the precedent for the Republicans’ move by lowering the confirmation vote margin to 50 votes for most other executive nominees.

‘An Umpire’

As the hearing eventually got underway amid constant interruptions from protesters, Grassley sought to turn attention to Kavanaugh’s qualifications, calling him “one of the most qualified nominees—if not the most qualified nominee—I have seen.”

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. The court begins its next term in October.

“A good judge must be an umpire—a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement at the tail end of the meeting. “I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences.”

“I revere the Constitution. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case. I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich,” Kavanaugh said.

The hearing gave Democrats a chance to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November’s congressional elections, in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Trump’s fellow Republicans.

Liberals are concerned that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court’s liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.

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 U.S. presidential election.

In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote a law review article saying presidents should be free from the distractions of civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions, and investigations while in office.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Ivan Pentchoukov

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Joan

I watched the hearings yesterday and the Senate Democrats were a disgrace to the office that they hold. They had to admit this was
all planned based upon the NBC report of the phone call stating they were going to disrupt the hearing. I truly believe the demonstrators
were paid because it was very evenly timed and only when the Republican Senators were speaking. I felt sorry for Judge Kavanaugh’s
family especially his children. Republicans get out and vote in November. We can’t have these Democrats in the majority. As I said before,
THEY ARE A DISGRACE!

michael failla

The usual suspects. Only a lunatic would willfully vote for idiot protesters like this. The fact that they were elected to office says more about the voters dont you think? Disgusting.

General Patton

What an embarrassment these Demoratic Communists are to our country. Confirm this judge, he is the best of them all.

Phyllis

The Demoncrats will stop at nothing to keep a conservative being confirmed. They claim they hadn’t had time to read the reports. It’s a shame they weren’t so concerned about reading the reports concerning Obamacare.
What the commie-crats are doing to just a stall technique. Demoncrats, shut up and confirm this man.

Jose S

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a “charade” and “a mockery of our norms.”
Exactly. The “charade” and “a mockery of our norms” is all on the Democrat side. They have resorted to Thuggery and mob rule to stop the nomination of one the majority of Democrats supported in his appointment to the federal bench. Now, just as with McCain only in the opposite direction, they denounce him unanimously. Democrat politicians have no honor, no integrity. They march to the banner of Liberalism, which has a strong tie to breaking laws. They cling to violence and excess as a solution, as they did in the past with the Democrat Party law enforcers: the KKK.

Wayne Peterkin

While I will defend our Free Speech right to the death, that right does not extend to disrupting congressional hearings within the hearing chamber. That is simply contempt of Congress. The demonstrators need banned from the Capitol interior for the duration of the hearings and if that means removing every single spectator from the hearing chamber for the duration then so be it. Furthermore, we are starting to hear some reports that those despicable people are being paid to disrupt. If so, those paying them need arrested and prosecuted for inciting a riot if nothing else applies.

Colleen

I am so tired of Democrat Senators wasting our tax payer dollars that we citizens “give” for our Government to run efficiently for America–not a political party! In addition, Democrats have become hate mongers and obstructionists inciting civil unrest and encouraging lawlessness and personal assault! Why are they not held accountable?
If we had an honest press or more citizens who watched these hearings, these far left Democrats would be voted out of office and more centric Democrats could replace them who could effectively debate and compromise for the good of all Americans. I don’t want nor do we need third-world type political uprising (especially in our Congress) in this country.

Bob

It’s rather apparent by the way these hearings are going that the DEMs are still hurting cause they lost the election. They are against everything our Constitution stands for and if given a chance they will destroy our great country. They are a disgrace to all people who are “Making America Great Again”. Socialism will destroy our country. People better get out & vote in this upcoming election and in 2020.

Bill Hartwig

I hope the Democrat demonstrations continue. If they do, it will be a clear indication of the biased media as they will not fairly cover or report on the disgraceful demonstrations. This might help some of the “undecided” to recognize the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.

Martin Steed

Why is it that Reuters, along with most of the “main-stream” media insists on referring to any judge who respects and follows the Constitution of the United States as “Right Wing”. Every member of the military, every member of Congress, every President and every member of the Supreme Court takes an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Why is actually following that oath, “Right Wing”?

1sgt

The Democrats party symbol should be changed to show a jackass! It would be much more appropriate.

Joseph Kiesznoski

time to put the best man offered inyears on the court. An honest Judge backs the Constitution.

Mamaw5

I am so deeply ashamed of our elected reps in this farce of a Congressional hearing of an extremely qualified much better human than most of these judging him! Not an honest, moral, Christian, fair person in the bunch! Vote the scum out of their vile infested Swamp! NOVEMBER CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH FOR U.S. TO BE SAVED!

Janice

Janice It is embarrassing to watch senators, supposedly educated men and women, acting out like spoiled children. During the 8 years that President Obama was in office, I was not generally happy with his judicial appointees, however, Republican senators acted in a civil manner during the hearings. No paid protestors, no senators interrupting the speakers, only asking questions respectfully. Ms. Harris from California, my state, is embarrassing herself with her out of order outbursts. I see the democrat party as naughty children having tantrums any time they don’t agree with what is going on in our nation. They use loud voices, rude comments, often times crude language, and have “melt downs” any time they disagree. Can you not have your concerns made known in a civil voice tone, respectful, and in order? I guess not. I am embarrassed of all the democrats in this hearing. Are you not aware that… Read more »

Garland Young

I’m ashame to say at a time in my life I did vote in agreement with the Democrat Party. But thank God I learned how to read.

Donel

Juvenal Activity, the DemComs demonstrated just how petty they can be. And They want to run this country?? B S.

Glenn Rsmyr

The hypocrisy of the Democrats shows through again. They call it a mockery, but they scream and yell on cue taking part in an organized scripted play, like children throwing temper tantrums on the living room floor. They yell foul play because all the documents have not been released. It’s the only thing they have to go on. There’s no reason this man should not be on the Supreme Court. This judge has released far more documents than any other judge in the history of the hearings. Approximately 440,000 documents released?! Other judges nominated have only produced a fraction as much. For instance, Judge Sotomayor skated through the hearings during the Obama administration and only had to produce a fraction of documents. Keep it up dems. Keep showing your true colors, because to any civilized person with any common sense at all, you’re nothing but a bunch of freaks and… Read more »

Thomas H

With democRats its all about politics. Remember in November!

Jeff Collins

Amazing how all of HRC’s despicable’s have returned to the roost. DNC & Democrat’s are a disgrace to the Republic. Certainly hope that their “Blue Wave” is bye bye come this fall.

Michael

AmeriKa is descending into anarchy AND Civil War 2….