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Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee mounted a coordinated effort to derail the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 4, delaying the chairman's opening remarks with more than an hour of out-of-order objections.
But that likely doesn't matter for Kavanaugh to succeed.
If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term.
Sasse added that Tuesday's hearing shows that both Republicans and Democrats seem to view the Supreme Court as completely partisan.
Matt already debunked one controversy to arise from the Brett Kavanaugh hearing Tuesday. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on Tuesday had been simmering for more than two years. They complained about the hearing date. Kavanaugh turned to look at the man, who later identified himself on social media as Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, as he stuck out his right hand.
But Democrats are powerless to delay a vote on Kavanaugh since McConnell led Republicans, during the Gorsuch nomination, in eliminating the 60-vote filibuster threshold that had been in place for Supreme Court nominations.
Here they argue that the appearance of bias exists, and that "protecting the public faith in the judicial system as a cornerstone of the legal process as a whole and as a guardian of the rule of law" requires Kavanaugh to back down.
So it was that Kamala Harris, with an eye on 2020, immediately demanded that Chairman Chuck Grassley adjourn the Judiciary Committee hearing. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa).
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If confirmed Kavanaugh would to move the Supreme Court firmly to the right.
Interested in Supreme Court?Additionally, several Democratic Senators are facing reelection battles in states where Trump won by double digits in 2016, meaning a vote against Kavanaugh could be potentially toxic for them.
The partisan infighting over the seemingly mundane topic of document release isn't new; its been the primary focus for Senate Democrats, led by minority leader Chuck Schumer, for almost two months.
Liberal activists have pinned their slim hopes to block Kavanaugh on two Republican senators who support abortion rights: Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
He said during his 12 years as a federal appeals judge, he decided more than 300 cases. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate".
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The California Democrat said senators in her party would participate in the hearings under a "silent protest" against the White House's conduct in the matter.
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The hearing gave Democrats a platform to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Republicans.
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