Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts confirmation hearings (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
Judge Brett Kavanaugh made his first appearance before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday for confirmation hearings to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
With the current Congress set to end in 2019, Democrats have aggressively sought to delay the nominee’s hearings, seeking a massive records dump–up to one million pages which can’t be made fully available until the end of October — relating to Kavanaugh’s past positions in the administration of President George W. Bush and in the Office of Independent Counsel during President Clinton’s White House era.
As the committee chair, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley moved to open the hearings this week while Democrats on the committee, spearheaded by California’s Kamala Harris, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal and Corey Booker of New Jersey, moved unsuccessfully to block the proceedings over the issue of the documents while protestors sounded off in the gallery and were escorted out by Capitol Police. In all, some 61 were removed by authorities from the hearing.
In his opening statement, Grassley pointed out that the committee has access to all of the nominee’s 307 court opinions issued while on the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the key D.C. Circuit, nearly a half-million pages of Executive Branch records,Source: Guns.com