The authors back up their views with concomitant experience: They have "either been before the Senate for confirmation, worked on Supreme Court or other confirmations, or both". Protesters also disrupted the proceedings.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called Kavanaugh "unquestionably qualified", and said Democrats are "making a demand that they know is impossible to meet". Security personnel removed a succession of demonstrators from the room.
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"What are we trying to hide, why are we rushing?" Cory Booker, D-N.J., said.
"The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is", Trump tweet-scoffed.
Two Republican members of the committee who often criticize the president agreed that judicial independence is a particular concern in the Trump era, though they seemed less skeptical of Kavanaugh than their Democratic colleagues. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".
"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he added. "I am a pro-law judge".
"There will be sparks at this hearing".
Democrat Richard Blumenthal called the session a "charade" and a "mockery".
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Grassley defended the document production as the most open in history, saying there was "no reason to delay the hearing".
Grassley is planning to talk broadly about the role of a judge and Kavanaugh's qualifications during his opening remarks, a source familiar with the remarks told CNN. Then the nominee will say as little as possible in answer to overly long questions, and eventually comes the vote. The court begins its next term in October.
Kavanaugh stands to inherit Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the court, and there is no seat more important.
The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.
Kavanaugh, now a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will also praise his colleague Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's unsuccessful Supreme Court nominee. Senate Republicans refused to consider Obama's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy. 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. He later served as White House staff secretary during the George W. Bush administration.
"Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony criminal investigation", she wrote.
Kavanaugh has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 2006. He is Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court.
In defense of Kavanaugh, Grassley argued that the panel had already received 400,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who introduced him at the hearing.