"I would always strive to be a team player on the team of nine".
"The justices on the Supreme Court do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle", he said. Two of their main themes: a claimed right to abortion and the alleged unwillingness of the committee, which had yet to substantively start its hearing, to thoroughly vet Kavanaugh. His conservative record includes a dissenting opinion previous year that would have denied immediate access to an abortion for an immigrant teenager in federal custody.
Republicans also a year ago 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.
The entire Senate will most likely vote on confirmation by the end of the month.
At 53, Kavanaugh would be the second-youngest member of the court and the second appointed by President Trump. Democrats signaled that they would press Kavanaugh in depth on abortion and gun rights, among other issues, when they get to question the nominee.
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. "During that period of time, President Bush was considering same-sex marriage - an amendment to ban it - abortion, executive power, detainees, torture, Supreme Court nominees, warrantless wiretapping". The American Bar Association has given Kavanaugh its highest rating, well qualified.
Several complained about 42,000 pages of documents dumped on them late Monday, just hours before the hearing.
The hearing has strong political overtones ahead of the November election, but Democrats lack the votes to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Republicans brushed aside complaints that Kavanaugh is too partisan and accused Democrats of stalling tactics.
Rebuffed in their request to delay the hearing, Democrats are planning to shine a light on Kavanaugh's views on abortion, executive power and whether Trump could be forced to testify as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
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AP photographer Andrew Harnik shared an arresting image of Guttenberg extending his hand while Kavanaugh looks him in the eye while both hands are occupied buttoning his blazer.
That fact was true when Democrats campaigned for Senate seats and the presidency in 2016 - when Scalia's death created an actual vacancy on the court. Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so. Democrats continued to speak over the Chairman even after they were ruled out of order to the jeers of protestors who had to be removed.
Kavanaugh, in his statement Tuesday, gave a shout-out to Garland, "our superb chief judge".
In a statement Tuesday evening, the U.S. Capitol Police said a total of 70 people were charged with in connection with protests of Tuesday's hearing.
Kavanaugh is expected to face tough questioning by the committee Wednesday, when the hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 UTC).
"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added. Rob Portman of OH and liberal lawyer Lisa Blatt.
Kavanaugh also points out that decisions impact real people and is just not about theory (Klobuchar mentioned something similar yesterday).
Grassley said that senior Democrats have said in the past that "the best judge of whether a candidate should be on the Supreme Court are the cases they've already heard on lower courts" - and that the same standard should be applied to Kavanaugh. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege.
"You had a chance and you lost", Graham said to Democrats. Her exit was followed by that of two other women, according to another video shared by another activist, Fox News reported. Booker followed up later in July to declare that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing was "a moral moment" in which "there is [sic] no bystanders".
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.
The obstructionist tactics, while will sure boost some lawmakers' reputations among the increasingly liberal base, may still backfire when it comes to the confirmation of Kavanaugh.