White House counsel Don McGahn, smiles as he attends a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Sept. 4, 2018, in Washington. Republicans want to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the November midterm elections.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms".
The session Wednesday morning has been repeatedly interrupted by protesters in a repeat of Tuesday's hearing.
On Wednesday, Kavanaugh's said the message of the decision, which he called one of the greatest moments in US judicial history, was clear.
Bernie Sanders speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court. They do not caucus in separate rooms. In 1967, the Supreme Court made clear in Loving that the U.S. Constitution protects the right to marry as a fundamental right as part of our right to "liberty", and that state prohibitions on interracial marriage violate that liberty right, as well as the right to equal protection of the law, which are both guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. "I would always strive to be a team player on the team of nine".
"If solicitor general documents were too sensitive to request, then by the same logic, White House staff secretary documents are even more sensitive", Grassley reasoned, "because they contain candid advice sent directly to the president".
Lawyers who had argued cases in front of Kavanaugh recalled him as an active questioner from the bench, and a very well prepared jurist who would fit in on a Supreme Court whose justices are largely not shy in oral arguments with advocates.
"A good judge must be an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favours no litigant or policy", he said in the excerpts released by the White House. "So sad to see!"
Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh.
Former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl named as John McCain's replacement
This is why he accepted the position with the stipulation that he would not commit beyond the end of this congressional session. When Kyl joins the Senate, Republicans will restore their 51-to-49 advantage over Democrats for the first time this year.
Republicans hoped to use the four-day hearing as an opportunity to highlight Kavanaugh's distinguished career as a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington, DC.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked whether a president could be criminally investigated or indicted. Senator Lindsey O. Graham, Republican of SC, who noted that he had voted for President Barack Obama's nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, was equally blunt.
The quick adjournment allows Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley to continue his panel's hearing for as long as he would like on Wednesday. The court begins its next term in October.
It was, Grassley said later, "a bad start". Their theme: The Republicans are hiding something by withholding information. Perabo's no stranger to political activism, and was one of thousands who turned out to protest at Trump Tower in support of the DACA Program which Donald Trump was attempting to close. But that's, of course, what President Trump campaigned on, on what he wanted.
'As soon as I got to the 'murdered in Parkland, ' that's when you saw him turn and move and walk the other way'.
President Trump and Senate Republicans have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide Brett Kavanaugh's record from the Senate and American people.
Tuesday's proceedings brought to the surface years of anger over judicial nominees.
Republican Senators fell in line behind Kavanaugh, but interestingly Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)-who is not seeking reelection and has been a critic of President Trump-seconded Democrats concerns about Trump's threats to the rule of law and democratic norms.
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. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation. Kavanaugh again said he had never taken a position on those issues, though he did write in a 1998 article that impeachment may be the only way to hold a president accountable while in office. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge.