Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared fervently at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday the court "must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution". President Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to break the tie.
Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights.
Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing.
What were the protests about?
Should a single Republican defect to oppose Kavanaugh it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, but there has been little sign that any member of the GOP was prepared to buck Trump and their party leadership.
Others claimed the judge would let people with pre-existing medical conditions be stripped of medical coverage. "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice, " shouted one woman. Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"
Organized by MoveOn.org, NARAL, and other progressive organizations, protests against the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee in decades will continue Tuesday evening and throughout the rest of the week. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).More news: Henry Cavill Will Play Geralt In Netflix's The Witcher Series
"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".
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.
Read the full report at Fox News. "Use any means available to attempt to delay the confirmation process of a well-qualified jurist, fit for the job, indefinitely". "Brett Kavanaugh will take this already harsh reality and make it worse".
Why is the nomination contentious?Fred's been incredibly outspoken about enacting more effective gun control in the wake of the shooting. The only Supreme Court Justices he mentioned by name were the man he seeks to succeed, Anthony Kennedy (largely hated by conservative ideologues) and Justice Elena Kagan in her capacity as his employer at Harvard Law School. He retired in July. Kavanaugh doesn't need Democratic support if all Republicans vote for him.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, questioned Mr. Trump's motives in selecting Kavanaugh. They were removed one by one by security personnel. But they will likely become a rallying cry for both parties just two months before the midterm elections. The court begins its next term in October.
More than 20 witnesses are being called for the coming days of hearings.
The "Coyote Ugly" star posted video of herself being escorted out of the hearing room by Capitol Police while the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was underway. Bush's White House, where he may have played key roles in terrorism-related decisions, such as permitting the torture of detainees.