More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand.
"I have ruled sometimes for the prosecution and sometimes for criminal defendants, sometimes for workers and sometimes for businesses, sometimes for environmentalists and sometimes for coal miners". He said he would not decide cases on his personal views.
"I am a pro-law judge", he declared. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who introduced him at the hearing. "This was the agreed approach", said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin.
The No. 2 ranking Senate Democrat said Democrats discussed in advance tactics for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Republicans are expected to try to paint the nominee as an independent thinker and a principled jurist. And, since U.S. Supreme Court justices serve for life, Kavanaugh could influence laws for a long time to come.
Kavanaugh is a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms and is strongly endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
However, since then Kavanaugh has said USA lawmakers might pass a law protecting presidents from investigations while they were in office.
Still, Democrats haven't ruled out a boycott or walkout of Kavanaugh hearings, Politico reported. Trump charged Democrats "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". Given the current political makeup of the federal government, there's little chance that we won't be referring to him as Justice Kavanaugh very soon.
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Kyl represented Arizona in the Senate from 1995 to 2013. "So we went out there and there was nothing left", Jacob said. Cindy McCain quickly offered her support , calling Kyl "a dear friend of mine and John's".
Kavanaugh's opponents say he would also undermine environmental protections and immigrant rights.
Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing for the Supreme Court began Tuesday morning with plenty of partisan bickering but it was the lunch break exit by Kavanaugh that has some wondering whether he intentionally snubbed the handshake of Fred Guttenberg, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.
The best for which we can hope is that such nominees manage to eke their way through the gladiatorial process that decades of game-playing has produced - a process that, like the opening of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, is full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
Democrats also complained that the Trump administration blocked the release of more than 100,000 pages of documents detailing Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House. There were also a number of attempts by Democrats to shut down the process.
A demonstrator shouts as Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.
Instead, within seconds of committee chairman Chuck Grassley banging the gavel, Democrats took the unprecedented step of launching immediate and coordinated protests.
Republicans also previous 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. He sided with the four liberals on such major rulings as upholding abortion and gay rights, and affirmative action to increase university admissions for racial minorities. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy. Congress keeps dishing out its authority to the executive and judicial branches out of a craven impulse to avoid governing in ways that might cost incumbents votes.