Chaos Greets the First Day of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Protests, arrests and repeated calls from Democratic senators to adjourn the proceedings. That’s how confirmation hearings began Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. As the meeting got underway, demonstrators immediately stood up and interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley.

LINDA SARSOUR: This is a mockery and a travesty of justice! This is a travesty of justice! We will not go back! Cancel Brett Kavanaugh! Adjourn the hearing!”

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Democratic senators on the committee also repeatedly interrupted Senator Grassley to ask him to halt the hearings and allow time to pore over information contained in a last-minute dump of 42,000 documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the White House Counsel’s Office. The Trump administration is also withholding more than another 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s records on the basis of presidential privilege. This is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris interrupting Grassley, followed by Senator Amy Klobuchar.

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: I welcome everyone to this confirmation hearing on the nomination of Judge—


SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: —Brett Kavanaugh—


SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: —to serve as associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: Mr. Chairman, I’d like to be recognized for a question before we proceed.

UNIDENTIFIED: Regular order, Mr. Chairman.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: Mr. Chairman, I’d like to be recognized to ask a question before we proceed. The committee received just last night, less than 15 hours ago—

UNIDENTIFIED: Mr. Chairman, regular order.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: —42,000 pages of documents that we have not had an opportunity to review or read or analyze.

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY: You are out–you are out of…

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