When the father of a school shooting victim held out his hand to Donald Trump's nominee for the supreme court on Tuesday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked at him, then turned without saying a word and walked out. It is very hard to capture just what a surreal first day of hearings it was. On social media, Perabo has been very clear about her opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination, and attended the hearing today with organizers of the Women's March.
Trump's first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017, 14 months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia created a vacancy in President Barack Obama's past year in office.
The obstructionist tactics, while will sure boost some lawmakers' reputations among the increasingly liberal base, may still backfire when it comes to the confirmation of Kavanaugh. The volume was so great that Sen. "I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge", Kavanaugh will say, according to prepared remarks. Some 42,000 pages were released on the evening before of the hearing.
That dump alone is so out of the ordinary that Sen.
Otherwise, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said, "this process will be tainted and stained forever".
As committee member Sen.
Changing the rules mid-hearing to ram through a nominee isn't normal either.
Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wear costumes from "The Handmaid's Tale".
"The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution". But barring a surprise, Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm him in time for Kavanaugh to take his place on the high court when it begins its fall term next month. Democrats have also complained that they have not received all relevant documents. That's part of being an independent judge - is ruling for the party no matter who they are so long as the party is right.
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. In them, he talked about his role as a youth basketball coach; noted his belief, shared with Chief Justice John Roberts, that judges are just umpires calling balls and strikes; and suggested that all senators needed for proof of his good judgment is the fact that his wife is from West Texas.
At some point, an organized group of protesters, who were infiltrating the hearing room and posing as citizens interested in watching the proceedings, began adding their voices to the "discussion". The American Bar Association has given Kavanaugh its highest rating, well qualified.
A demonstrator shouts as Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.
The man with the second-most interruptions, New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, also demanded more time to review the newly released documents.
"My mom taught me that judges don't deal in abstract theories; they decide real cases for real people in the real world", Kavanaugh said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee spent Tuesday decapitating its credibility.