Protesters dressed in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes are waiting outside the Kavanaugh hearing

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That's far more than for any previous Supreme Court nominee, but millions of pages have been withheld. "And today Fred Guttenberg tried that same approach with the nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States and the nominee turned his back on him and then when given a chance to apologize, to clarify, it didn't seem to even cross his mind". Feinstein says she thinks she and Kavanaugh are on "totally different wavelengths" re: "common use".

"We actually passed gun safety after what happened in Parkland", Guttenberg said, and then "the NRA filed a lawsuit".

Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican who's the Judiciary Committee's chairman, pushed back on those calls, and outgoing Sen.

"This process will be tainted and stained forever" should it proceed as scheduled, Blumenthal said.

Twitter, meanwhile, exploded with accusations from anti-Trump commenters that Zina Bash, a White House aide sitting behind Judge Kavanaugh during the proceedings was flashing a "white power" symbol to the camera by resting her thumb and forefinger in a circle on her other arm.

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 US v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.

The president lashed out at the Democrats for their "despicable" behaviour. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said: "These people are so out of line they shouldn't be in the doggone room". "So sad to see!" The confirmation hearings should therefore be halted so these issues can be explored and proper recusals agreed to after due deliberation, including full production of the judge's documents so his views can be thoroughly probed.

Democrats are bemoaning a gap in Kavanaugh's official record totaling some 35 months in the White House.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, to fill the seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Rather than engage Fred, however, Kavanaugh shot him a confused look and turned away. refusing to talk to the guy.

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"This is a travesty of justice!" shouted one.

In a tweet Monday, Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the recent indictments of two Republican members of Congress on corruption charges and for the timing, so close to the midterm elections. Senators have reviewed almost 200,000 pages that can not be disclosed to the public, and the Trump administration is withholding an additional 100,000 pages from Congress, claiming that those documents are covered by presidential privilege.

But Democrats repeatedly demanded additional time to study the 42,000 pages released by the White House just 15 hours before the start of the hearing.

"What is the rush? What are we hiding by not letting these documents come out?"

The Supreme Court is often thought of as nine separate judges, rather than a team.

Republicans also have released some, but not all, of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office under Bush.

"I find it hard to imagine that your views on this subject escaped the attention of President Trump, who seems increasingly fixated on his own ballooning legal jeopardy", Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy said.

Associated Press photographer Andrew Harnik caught the stunning moment, where Kavanaugh refuses to treat Guttenberg with the most basic of human dignity.

"Is this president, or any president, above the law?" "Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened".

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