"This is a travesty of justice!" Some protesters wore shirts that read things like "I am what's at stake".
Women's March grew from a January 2017 demonstration that drew more than 500,000 people to Washington to oppose the Donald Trump's inauguration to the USA presidency. Televised hearings are open to the public, and as such, the outbursts that roiled much of the judge's testimony have become a regular feature of similar high-profile hearings. Should the president's legal team decide, as they have threatened, to contest that principle in court, it is imperative that the Supreme Court ensure that the president is held accountable. The hearings, which began September 4, included several disruptions by protestors, seemingly political lines of questioning by senators, and even a cameo appearance by the youth basketball team he coaches.
Similarly, he refused to answer a question about whether the president can pardon himself, as Trump has said he has the right to do. She was one of 73 arrested that day.
Though Kavanaugh this week referred to the decision legalizing abortion nationally as established precedent, recently released emails show that as a White House lawyer in 2003 he advised against referring to the ruling as "settled law". Their efforts included sitting in the hearing room, participating in a nightly vigil on Capitol Hill, writing letters to senators, and setting up meetings between lawmakers and constituents.
"I'm sure you've noticed your lack of a clear answer to a question I asked you last night has generated a lot of interest", Harris said during Thursday's hearing. He was referring to a line from the 1960 movie "Spartacus", where former slaves protect their leader from the Romans by declaring that they are all Spartacus. Numerous outbursts came with several of Kavanaugh's closest friends and family in attendance, including his parents, wife, children and even former players for the youth basketball team he coached.
Graves added: "Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn't have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance-which I personally find implausible-there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft. I think you should care what's in that just as we should care what's in it". "I'm confident he'll be confirmed", McConnell told reporters in Louisville, Ky., adding that he believes Kavanaugh did a "spectacular job" during his hearing before the Judiciary Committee last week.
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Harris and Kavanaugh crossed swords one day earlier when she cornered him on a question about whether he had spoken about the Russian Federation probe or Mueller with anyone at the law firm of Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
"What we do know is extremely troubling and dangerously out of step with the American people", she said, "particularly on critical issues including executive power, abortion rights and pre-existing conditions".
Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, again attacked GOP senators for refusing to release documents that Kavanaugh had written when he was White House counsel to President George W. Bush.
At least some Democrats expressed frustration with the outbursts in this week's hearings. One of those people I will be running against in two and a half years, I will be running against them and I look so forward to it because we'll be able to give it back. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., in an interview with NPR's Audie Cornish on Wednesday.
"I think there might be litigation coming on that, Senator".