Supreme Court confirmation hearings – LIVE: Senate Democrats call to end hearings as protests disrupt grilling of Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh – Trump Latest News

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Supreme Court confirmation hearings – LIVE: Senate Democrats call to end hearings as protests disrupt grilling of Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh – Trump Latest News

Supreme Court confirmation hearings – LIVE: Senate Democrats call to end hearings as protests disrupt grilling of Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh – Trump Latest News

Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will today begin a marathon week of hearings, in which senators will pick over the judge’s background, writings and legal philosophy.

Republicans mostly back the president’s selection of the 53-year-old, a conservative who will shift the balance of the court to the right if his nomination is approved.

However, liberals are concerned over Mr Kavanaugh’s record and fear his ascension could deal a blow to women’s rights, including abortion rights granted under the historic Roe v Wade ruling.

Follow the latest updates from the first day of the hearing here:

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Richard Blumenthal, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, provided prepared remarks demanding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings continue after Democrats attempted to place a roll call vote on the issue. 

Mr Kavanaugh then provided some remarks, highlighting his family and thanking the committee for providing the opportunity to meet with him. 

“I ask that you stop so we can conduct this hearing the way that we planned it,” Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said as Democrats demanded a halt on Brett Kavanauigh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings. “I think we ought to give the American people the chance to decide whether Brett Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court or not”.

Kamala Harris, a Democratic senator from Califronia, led a movement at the very beginning of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearing to stop the event from happening, leading to protestors screaming “This is an obstruction of justice!” in the middle of the room. 

A state of pandemonium quickly followed, as multiple Democrats demanded a roll call, including Richard Blumenthal and Corey Booker. Protestors cheered as Democrats impeded on the hearings from moving forward. 

Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, rebuked Mr Booker and immediately denied a roll call vote.

Activists have taken to the halls of the Hart Senate Building just before Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings begin this week. The female activists arrived dressed in red robes and donning large white hats to cover their identities — attire symbolic of the fictional book by Margaret Atwood, Handmaid’s Tale

The costumes have been a popular theme in protests across Donald Trump’s America, as demonstrators attempt to put a spotlight on the president’s supposedly oppressive agenda against women’s rights. 

 

 

 

  

As Democratic senators plan to press Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh has vowed to to be “a neutral and impartial arbiter”.

According to prepared remarks Mr Kavanaugh plans to read during this week’s testimony, the judge will say, “A good judge must be an umpire – a neutral and impartial arbiter who favours no litigant or policy”. 

Read the latest on the judge’s expected statements here.

 

 

Many liberals in the US fear for what Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court could mean for women’s rights, particularly in relation to abortion.

 

Here is our in depth look at why his nomination has prompted concern and why some believe the seminal Roe v Wade judgement that secured abortion rights in America is now at risk:

All ten Democrats serving in the Senate Judiciary Committee are holding a press conference to discuss “the extraordinary lengths Senate Republicans have gone to in order to keep Brett Kavanaugh’s records hidden from the Senate and American public,” according to Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. 

In her prepared remarks, the senator said, “93 per cent of the records for Kavanaugh’s tenure in the White House…have not been provided to the Senate, and 96% are hidden to the public.”

 

Torture and surveillance issues 

Some questioning during the four-day hearing is expected to revolve around the issue of Bush-era policies for detaining and interrogating terror suspects.

 

Testifying before the Senate 12 years ago, Mr Kavanaugh said he wasn’t directly involved in drafting the controversial policies while working in the former president’s administration.

 

But a short time later, news accounts suggested he had discussed in the White House how the Supreme Court would view such policies.

 

Several Democrats questioned his honesty at the time and questions surrounding the issue are likely to resurface this week.

The Republican party has said on Twitter the Democrats have “no legitimate reason to swiftly confirm Judge Kavanaugh” as a Supreme Court justice: 

However, Democratic senator for Illinois, Dick Durbin, wants thorough scrutiny of the judge’s record: 

Unfamiliar with the process by which new Supreme Court judges are appointed? Our guide tells you everything you need to know about how the system works.

 

Human rights organisation the Leadership Conference has sent a letter signed by more than 180 campaign groups, including the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Humanist Association, calling senators to reject Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination.

How could this affect the Russia probe?

Despite working on the team that investigated Bill Clinton in the 1990s, Mr Kavanaugh has long held the view that sitting presidents should be shielded from intrusive probes.

 

This expansive view of executive power is particularly important now given the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

 

Senators are expected to grill Mr Kavanaugh over key legal questions such as: “Can the president be subpoenaed to appear before Mueller?” and: “Is the president immune from prosecution?”

 

“It is an unavoidable question,” says Democratic senator for Delaware Chris Coons. “Did this president choose you because of your view of presidential power?”

Democratic senate leader Chuck Schumer has complained that he and colleagues received 42,000 pages of documents about Mr Kavanaugh’s years with the Bush administration on Monday evening, hours before hearings get underway. 

Why are Democrats concerned?

Many Democratic senators have already announced their intention to vote against Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination and liberals are concerned with the judge’s record on issues such as women’s rights and gun control.

 

However, what is key is that Mr Kavanaugh would replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a judge who was a swing voter in many recent Supreme Court rulings.

 

This would tilt the balance of the nine-judge court in favour of conservatives by five to four – and with Supreme Court judges given a lifetime tenure, America could be pushed to the right for decades on Mr Kavnaugh’s ascension.

 

Opposition from Democrat senators to the nomination is unlikely to matter unless Republicans decide to rebel as the GOP holds a majority in the senate. 

Mr Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has already proved controversial and polling suggests the US public is as divided as it has been in decades over a pick for the court:

 

Welcome to live updates from The Independent of the first day of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

 

The conservative judge is set to face stiff questioning from Democratic senators on his legal philosophy ahead of his likely ascension to the highest court in the United States.

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During confirmation hearings, set to begin on Tuesday, Republican senators are likely to focus on Mr Kavanaugh’s 12-year career as an appellate court judge, which has produced more than 300 opinions.

Democrats are expected to take a more pointed tack, grilling the 53-year-old conservative on his judgements whiles sitting on the federal appeals court on hot-button issues such as gun control and abortion rights.

The judge has also in the past expressed the opinion sitting presidents should be shielded from invasive probes, a view that could prove key in the coming months given special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into the 2016 election.


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This particular pick is of particular concern to Democrats, as Mr Kavanaugh has been earmarked to replace retiring judge Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote in many of the court’s rulings.

With Supreme Court judges appointed on a life tenure, his confirmation could see America put on a conservative path for decades.

Mr Trump has already installed one conservative, Neil Gorsuch, on the court last year following the death of long-serving judge Antonin Scalia.

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