Hillary Clinton fights Brett Kavanaugh confirmation on Twitter

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President Trump is free to waive any claims of privilege, like past presidents have done, and we urge him to do so.

Trump said he had been watching the hearings and thought the Democrats were "grasping at straws" in questioning the man he chose to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kamala Harris (D-CA) came down hard on Kavanaugh, saying she's deeply concerned that he's too guided by partisanship.

Trump characterized the opposition to Kavanaugh as a sign of desperation by Democrats, who don't have the votes to derail Kavanaugh from being seated on the court because they are in the minority. The 76-year-old has been one of the Supreme Court nominee's champions, working to guide his nomination through the Senate.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he knew nothing about the sexual misconduct allegations against a judge who was a friend and mentor.

White House spokesman Raj Shah posted a video of the moment and said it "clearly shows security intervened" when Kavanaugh was approached by the "unidentified individual". In response to Grassley's first question, about what makes a good judge, he invoked his mother, herself a judge. A judge must interpret statutes as written.

Mrs. Feinstein also pressed Judge Kavanaugh on gun control. It cited the so-called the US Supreme Court's Chevron doctrine, which gives expert federal agencies the discretion to interpret ambiguous statutes.

Much of Perabo's Twitter feed is made up of retweets from political activists, so it's clearly an issue she feels strongly enough about it. But justices often do say they seek consensus, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions.

A protester is removed during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate.

"There are battles worth fighting, regardless of the outcome", Sen.

Republicans said at the end of August that they had received 415,000 pages of documents, of which it had deemed 147,000 to be "committee confidential", meaning they could be viewed by any senator but not publicly disclosed. Some 42,000 pages were released on the evening before of the hearing.

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As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen.

"It is about politics", said Cruz.

Vermont's senior senator accused the judge of being aware of emails stolen from Leahy and other Democrats from 2001 to 2003 and having knowledge of the warrantless surveillance of United States citizens that went into effect in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

"Have your views on whether Roe is settled precedent or could be overturned and [have] your views changed since you were in the Bush White House?" she asked. Abortion rights supporters are trying to appeal to those senators. I was here all day and introduced by Senator Feinstein.

Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and which outlined several grounds for Clinton's impeachment. "This is a mockery and a travesty of justice", shouted one woman.

"We need you to be a hero."

As patience thinned and tempers flared, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen.

Eventually, the back two rows of the hearing room, which are reserved for the public, are empty, and another 20 or so visitors are escorted in from a line outside. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said of the demonstrators Wednesday. Nine women were arrested in the nearby Dirksen Senate Office Building for staging a protest dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale", a novel and TV series that depicts a dystopian future where women are controlled by the government and forcibly used for breeding purposes.

Kavanaugh said Wednesday that when the allegations against former federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski became public, they were a "gut punch" for him and for the federal judiciary. "Of course they are". Dianne Feinstein, described the hearing's "very unique circumstances".

Democrats have said that Kavanaugh could protect Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller as well as prosecutors in NY who are looking into the president's business and financial dealings. "So it's this backdrop that this nominee comes into".

Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko and Ken Thomas contributed.

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