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But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself. A lot is on the line for both sides.

"Based on Judge Kavanaugh's extensive record, he is the kind of judge Americans want on the Supreme Court - committed to the rule of law, protective of our constitutional rights, and unfailingly independent", Grassley concluded.

More than 20 witnesses are being called for the coming days of hearings.

"This nominee has devoted his entire career to a conservative Republican agenda", she charged. Independent Sen. Angus King of ME also stopped in for part of the session. Given that he's Trump's nominee, many people on the left are fearful he would vote to weaken or overturn the law.

He wrote: 'Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended.

Kavanaugh said he would have a "completely open mind" if the legal issues came before him as a judge.

In video of the exchange, Guttenberg can be seen reaching out to shake Kavanaugh's hand as the Supreme Court nominee stood up to walk out of the room for recess.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said they would have had to read 7,000 pages an hour overnight just to review the files shared on Monday evening.

No such conciliation was apparent on the Senate Judiciary Committee - or from the White House.

"I interpret his statement meaning he got very well educated in the processes of the executive branch so that makes him a better judge to make decisions on the law or the cases that apply to the executive branch or presidential power", explained Grassley. " ... So I proposed some ideas for Congress to consider. They were not my constitutional views", he told the panel. But it's notable Kavanaugh backed away from some of his most controversial writings on presidential power.

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" Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good Congresswoman and MA is going to be well served", Capuano said in his concession speech. Capuano is now the fourth incumbent to fall in a primary election this year, joining Republican Reps.

After staying silent during last year's confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Mrs. Clinton has fully committed this time, underscoring what's at stake as senators debate who should replace retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Kavanaugh took much the same approach. A group of combative Democrats reportedly met in the office of Durbin to talk about future strategy concerning the Supreme Court nomination.

Kavanaugh signaled respect for the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion nationwide, calling it an important legal precedent that had been reaffirmed by the justices over the decades.

But this was only her opening statement, which didn't leave an opportunity for Kavanaugh to say anything back that might clarify his views. "And I have not lived in a bubble".

Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, October 1, which is little more than a month before congressional elections.

The confirmation hearing for US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee quickly descended into chaos on Tuesday with Democrats demanding a postponement and protesters shouting loudly. The Washington Post reports that the hearing, "quickly devolved into a political brawl... as Democrats loudly objected to the proceedings as rushed".

'The noise of democracy" or "mob rule'? An unusually high number of protesters - 70 or so arrested on the first day - led Capitol Police to stop admitting the public into these hearings, a rare thing to do.

"Not if Brett can help it", the first White House official responded. Democrats have accused Republicans and Trump of "hiding" Kavanaugh's past to get a friendly face for Trump on the Supreme Court. "Sparks will fly", said Sen.

But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous". Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions chose to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters.