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Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday vowed to be a “a neutral and impartial arbiter” if confirmed to the Supreme Court, after a chaotic first day of hearings on Capitol Hill amid political theatrics and protests from Democrats.
“If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case,” Kavanaugh said. “I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich. I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.”
Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings started Tuesday and are set to continue through the week.
Before he spoke, Kavanaugh was introduced by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman and attorney Lisa Blatt – a liberal Democrat who said she voted for Hillary Clinton for president but supports Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Democrats, in their opening remarks Tuesday, sounded the alarm about Kavanaugh’s past work in Republican politics, including as a lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House.
But Kavanaugh said Tuesday, “I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences.”
Earlier Tuesday, protests from Democratic lawmakers and demonstrators delayed the formal start of proceedings by more than an hour. Within moments of Tuesday's confirmation hearing kickoff, top Democrats tried to sideline the session with a rapid-fire string of objections concerning access to the nominee's records.
The spectacle underscored the political nature of the confirmation hearings, coming two months before the midterms and as some senators gear up for a possible 2020 presidential run against President Trump. Several of those senators led the charge Tuesday in objecting to Kavanaugh.
When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley first tried to deliver opening remarks, Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris raised objections to the committee just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.
“We cannot possibly move forward," Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said.
Grassley told her she was "out of order," but other Democrats chimed in to back up Harris, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who moved to adjourn.
This prompted applause from some in the audience, and touched off protests and shouting. Then, after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker added his voice complaining of a "rush," Grassley countered: “I think you are taking advantage of my decency and my integrity.”
The chaos led Republican Sen. John Cornyn to remark, "This is the first confirmation hearing subject to mob rule." The Texas senator suggested Democrats would be “held in contempt of court” if they behaved that way in a court of law.
More than an hour and 15 minutes after the hearing began, Grassley moved past Democratic attempts to delay and finally delivered his opening statement, over the sustained shouts of protesters who were being escorted out of the room.
"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified nominees – if not the most qualified nominee – I have seen," Grassley said.
The disruptions continued as lawmakers attempted to make opening statements. There were 63 interruptions before the break for lunch.
Diane Feinstein should resign!
Kavanaugh Classmate Named in #MeToo Letter Breaks Silence
The man who was also named in the anonymous letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of acting inappropriately toward her has rejected the allegations.
Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, has endured a bruising, partisan confirmation process that involved protests, catcalls, and innuendo. On Friday, the New Yorker reported that a letter that had been circulating privately for weeks that made allegations against Kavanaugh from his high school days.
The letter, which California Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein forwarded to the FBI, accused Kavanaugh and a high school classmate of keeping a woman in a bedroom against her will. The letter claimed Kavanaugh “held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her,” according to the New Yorker.
Kavanaugh has denied the claims, which the FBI has decided not to investigate.
Now, Mark Judge — who said he has been told by New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow he was mentioned in the letter as the friend who was with Kavanaugh — is consigning the tale to the realm of fiction.
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LOL, thanks girlfriend. I just had to do it.
OMG, I have so much new stuff on this accuser that came out today. She is in hiding now and won't answer Chuck Grassley. Gonna try and get it all on here. The left is really melting down.
That one I sent you....About Kavanaugh’s mother being the Judge in her parents’ case? It smacks of a grudge!
BREAKING: Writer of Confidential Kavanaugh Letter Speaks Out – She’s a Far-Left Activist!
It turns out the woman who sent the letter to Democrat lawmakers is a far-left activist.
Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor and far left activist, wrote a letter to a Democrat lawmaker earlier this summer claiming she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh while they were in high school in Maryland over three decades ago.
Via the Washington Post:
Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.
While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.
Independent journalist Mike Cernovich says Christine Blasey is a far-left activist who spent all weekend deleting her social media accounts.
Psychologists should learn that nothing on the internet is really ever deleted.
Yes, how funny she deleted a lot of her social media posts. Why I wonder? Maybe because it shows she a nutcase and she is against Trump? Oh, and her own students rate her as nuts and scary.
Trump says there's no rush on Kavanaugh vote: 'If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay'
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is willing to accept that it might take longer to get a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an allegation that the jurist assaulted a girl while he was in high school surfaced, but added that it was "ridiculous" to ask whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw.
"If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay," Trump told reporters at the White House, adding: "I think he's on track."
Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, made calls to key senators during a several-hour visit to the White House Monday as the fate of his nomination hung on lawmakers' reaction.
Please tell me what in blue blazes is wrong with these people?
Lawyer for Kavanaugh’s Accuser: My Client Isn't Saying Kavanaugh Shouldn't Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court
Kavanaugh Releases Statement After Accuser Identifies Herself. He Isn’t Backing Down.
“This is a completely false allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement, according to ABC. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.
“Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” Kavanaugh’s statement said.
Kavanaugh, Ford to testify in public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing — Sept 24th.