Brett Kavanaugh’s Second Day of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

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The organization said in a statement its members went to Capitol Hill as a show of dissent against what it called Kavanaugh's "anti-abortion, anti-health care and anti-women" views, calling the Trump nominee "an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women's basic rights".

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In his opening remarks released ahead of delivery, Kavanaugh sought to tamp down the controversy over his nomination, which would likely shift the closely divided court to the right.

Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. "And she taught me that good judges must always stand in the shoes of others".

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The theatrics reflect the impotence of Democrats who lack the votes in the Senate to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. Kavanaugh's stern reaction is going viral. More than five dozen protesters were ousted from the hearing, anti-Trump activists leveled rash allegations of racism against the Trump team assisting the judge, and Democrats deployed rhetorical and procedural tools to try to derail the nomination.

Republicans are determined to push President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to the full Senate later this month, but Democrats want to press the federal appeals court judge on his views on abortion, health care, guns and other hot-button issues.

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The 53-year-old judge, who serves on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sat impassively for almost seven hours of senators' statements before speaking for less than 20 minutes.

She said this "clunky choreography" was meant to fluster Republicans and, more importantly, mobilize the Democrats' left-wing base ahead of November's midterm elections.

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of September.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., argued that Hillary Clinton would have had precisely the opposite litmus tests for high court nominees had she been elected instead of Trump. He has served for the past 12 years on the appeals court in Washington, DC.

Democrats have charged that documents on Kavanaugh's career have been withheld without justification, particularly those from his tenure as a Bush staffer. He has since said that presidents should not be subject to criminal investigations while still in office, a position that could affect Trump in the future. A Supreme Court that sticks to an originalist reading of the Constitution would deflect political and policy questions back to the political and policy branches, rather than carve out more jurisdiction for themselves in one direction or another. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris led the charge, accusing the White House and the Republicans of hiding key details about Kavanaugh's time as a Bush-era White House lawyer by refusing to publicly release tens of thousands of documents. She said more than 90 percent of his records are being withheld from the Senate and the public.

Feinstein was not reassured by Sen.

"The question is really do you believe that it's correct law", Feinstein said. "We're laboring under this disadvantage".

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