Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began with a bang, as Democrats moved angrily to adjourn to consider newly released documents and protesters screamed in support. Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, called it “mob rule.”
Republicans hoped to use the hearings as an opportunity to extol the experience and distinguished résumé of Judge Kavanaugh, a Washington federal appeals court judge, as well as his advocacy for women in the judiciary and aversion to government regulations.
Democrats are expected to aggressively press Judge Kavanaugh on his positions on Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights case in 1973, the scope of executive power, health care, gun control and same-sex marriage.
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face tough questions during four days of hearings this week over his stance on controversial issues, including women’s rights and corporate power.
Democrats will grill President Donald Trump‘s pick for the Supreme Court on his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion.
Kavanaugh is nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who retired at the end of July.
About two dozen witnesses will be summoned in front of Congress to argue for and against confirming Kavanaugh, who could swing the nine-member high court decidedly in conservatives’ favour for years to come.