US Lawmakers Begin Hearing on New Supreme Court Candidate

Kavanaugh set to begin confirmation hearings

Kavanaugh pledges to be 'team player' on Supreme Court

President Donald Trump's second nominee to the high court was speaking Tuesday on the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation.

A man whose daughter died in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was snubbed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he tried to shake his hand during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing. A handful of Democrats facing elections in red states may well join their GOP colleagues in voting in Kavanaugh's favor.

"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".

"I am a pro-law judge", he declared.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, noted that President Trump campaigned on a pledge of shifting the high court to the right. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. At that time, Blumenthal rested his decision on Kavanaugh's "record and writings, which I have reviewed", claiming that they showed a "very extreme hostility to numerous precious rights and liberties that make our nation great".

Kavanaugh is likely to face intense grilling from senate lawmakers during the question and answer portion of the confirmation hearing.

Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wear costumes from "The Handmaid's Tale".

They pointed to endorsements from fellow judges and Kavanaugh's legal associates, liberals and conservatives, including a number of women.

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

"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", Kavanaugh says, citing Federalist 69.

Twitter, meanwhile, exploded with accusations from anti-Trump commenters that Zina Bash, a White House aide sitting behind Judge Kavanaugh during the proceedings was flashing a "white power" symbol to the camera by resting her thumb and forefinger in a circle on her other arm. "These lawsuits are going to end up in front of a Justice Kavanaugh". Kavanaugh also says "respect for precedent".

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing. That is, frankly, also not normal for Democrats and their handling of Trump judicial nominees.

Sasse (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Democrats are trying to ask for things they know can't be produced.

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.

Democrats raised objections from the moment Chairman Chuck Grassley gaveled the committee to order.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jamie Guttenberg who was killed in a shooting in Parkland, Fla., left, attempts to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, right.

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