Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Brett Kavanaugh turns down handshake from father of Parkland school shooting victim

Brett Kavanaugh turns down handshake from father of Parkland school shooting victim

In each case, Kavanaugh said, he followed the law and did not let any personal or policy preferences get in his way. "Our independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic". He is Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court.

Later on, the Late Night host said it's "absurd" to allow Trump to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat since he "might go to jail" and dismissed Kavanaugh as a "lifelong partisan Republican". "I am a pro-law judge".

Like Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said during her opening remarks Tuesday, I think the Kavanaugh battle is one worth fighting, regardless of the outcome.

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

Afterward, Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh "did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence".

"We can not possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing", said Harris at the top of proceedings.

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa gaveled in the first day of hearings on Tuesday morning.

Democrats, in a futile effort to delay the hearing, were responding to growing frustrations from their base that the party has not been vocal enough in protesting the successor to Anthony Kennedy.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the high court-which already had a conservative majority-further to the right. We can't tell if they're going through the histrionic motions or if they might actually try to block a confirmation vote. Democrats signaled they would press Kavanaugh on abortion, gun rights and presidential power when they get to question him on Wednesday in a hearing due to run through Friday.

More than a dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police. Should a single Republican defect to oppose Kavanaugh, it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, although there has been little sign that any GOP senator was prepared to buck Trump.

Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen. Democrats are requesting documents from Kavanaugh's time as former President George W. Bush's staff secretary. He was again sitting in the hearing room for the afternoon session. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

Then, Fred Guttenberg, a father who lost a daughter during the Parkland shooting in February, suggested that Kavanaugh snubbed him during the hearing. Video of the encounter was shared widely on social media.

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In a statement after the incident, a White House spokesman said that "an unidentified individual" had approached Kavanaugh as he was preparing to leave for the confirmation hearing's lunch break and that "before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened".

So in that sense, Tuesday's start to the Kavanaugh hearings marks the natural next step in the Republicans' devastatingly successful strategy to pack the federal courts.

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.

"Not only is the country deeply divided politically, we also find ourselves with a president who faces his own serious problems", she said referring to investigations surrounding Trump.

Sens. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) used their performances during the early hours of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to fundraise for their political campaigns.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. If all goes as Republicans plan, Kavanaugh could be on the bench when the court begins its new term on October 1. Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents from Kavanaugh's work with previous administrations. While Kavanaugh has stated that he believes Roe vs. Wade to be "settled law", his swing vote status could have grave consequences for the historic ruling.

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Kavanaugh also is likely to face questions about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

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