Durbin: Democrats discussed tactics for Kavanaugh hearing

Durbin: Democrats discussed tactics for Kavanaugh hearing

Guttenberg has been pushing for increased gun control measures ever since his daughter became one of 17 people killed in the February 14 Parkland school massacre.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was killed in a school shooting, attempts to shake hands with Brett Kavanaugh. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. "No security involved. He turned and walked away".

As Kavanaugh turned, Guttenberg said "My daughter was murdered in Parkland" and then "have a good day".

White House spokesperson Raj Shah said security intervened before Kavanaugh could shake the hand of the "unidentified individual". But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

Remember, during today's hearing lots of minutes were spent listening to what a great guy Kavanaugh is, and how the girls he coaches in basketball just love him.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

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GOP senators vowed to resist those efforts and keep on track for vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 20, with a floor vote the final week of the month.

Strong Democratic opposition to Trump's nominee reflects the political stakes for both parties in advance of the November elections, Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign and the potentially pivotal role Kavanaugh could play in moving the court to the right. "If you walk into my courtroom and you have the better legal arguments, you will win", he said.

The California Democrat said senators in her party would participate in the hearings under a "silent protest" against the White House's conduct in the matter.

In each case, Kavanaugh said, he followed the law and did not let any personal or policy preferences get in his way. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", he said.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served for the past 12 years on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., which is considered the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court.

"During your time in the White House, when you were staff secretary - some people regard it as kind of a monitor, monitoring things going in and going out".

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As a young lawyer, Kavanaugh worked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he would replace on the high court.

Tuesday's hearing ended with Kavanaugh's formal introduction and opening remarks.

"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen.

Kavanaugh's hearing quickly ran off the rails, as Democratic lawmakers demanded more time to review 42,000 documents on the nominee that the Senate Judiciary Committee received late on Monday.

Should the confirmation hearing proceed to questioning, as scheduled on Wednesday, Democrats are expected to strongly press Kavanaugh on his position on abortion, and notably the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, as well as his endorsement of presidential immunity. That seat instead was filled by Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by President Trump.

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