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A protester is removed as circuit judge Brett Kavanaugh prepares to testify before his Senate confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC USA 04 September


"We completely recognize that elections have consequences", said Johnson.

Republican Senator John Cornyn likened the interruptions to "mob rule".

But one of the protesters took exception to Grassley's assertion, since, she said, she was calling out Democratic leaders such as Sen.

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. "We have gotten far more for every Supreme Court justice that has been mentioned here, far more than just 10%".

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, speaks with Sen. But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim Senate majority, and with no sign of any of them opposing the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top US judicial body. Sasse ripped into his Congressional colleagues for not enacting legislation related to sensitive issues, leaving the Supreme Court to clean up the mess and draw the ire of Americans who don't understand that justices are not political figures. Kavanaugh is expected to push the court to the right. And on Tuesday, it was nice to see the Senate Democrats agree on this point as well.

Pressed by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, Kavanaugh defended a ruling he took part in issuing an order preventing a 17-year-old illegal immigrant detained by USA authorities in Texas from immediately having an abortion. Democrats remained feisty, which - combined with protester arrests, a viral handshake attempt, and a suspicious hand gesture - made for a pretty wild display (for a Senate hearing).

Pointing to recent protests that have targeted GOP Sens.

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

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Trump's first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017, 14 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy in President Barack Obama's past year in office. Now, the nominee will face off with lawmakers about whether he's fit to fill the vacancy.

Kavanaugh stands to inherit Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the court, and there is no seat more important.

Barring any major last-minute surprises, Kavanaugh appears to be on track to be confirmed by the end of the month. The court begins its next term in October.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Harris claimed, "The truth is Republicans are rushing through this hearing because Kavanaugh is the least popular nominee in decades and the more the public learns about his record, the less they want him confirmed to the highest court in the land".

"I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences". If I've crossed the line of what I should say, then I'm not going to have an open mind in that case. "Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself", he said.

Kavanaugh isn't the first Supreme Court nominee to say they believe Roe v. Wade is settled law.

Schools: A parent's right to make decisions about their children's schooling can be traced back to two Supreme Court decisions in the 1920s.

Characterizing Kavanaugh as "an extremist who will help institutionalize Trump's hate for a generation", the groups also acknowledge Kavanaugh's record as an appellate judge, noting concerns that he will prevent women from obtaining abortions, help the Trump administration gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "decimate Obamacare, supercharge voter suppression", and serve as "Trump's get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to the Mueller investigation". He asked Kavanaugh, who sat before the committee with White House officials behind him, to introduce his parents, wife, and children.

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