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Grassley sought to turn the attention to Kavanaugh's qualifications, calling him "one of the most qualified nominees - if not the most qualified nominee - I have seen".

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee mounted a coordinated effort to derail the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 4, delaying the chairman's opening remarks with more than an hour of out-of-order objections.

If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term.

"Let alone a lifelong partisan Republican like Brett Kavanaugh".

But on Tuesday, Democrats were finally given a chance to tell the public why they are so intent on reviewing certain documents. Does it matter, though, how contentious the hearings are if Democrats don't have the ability to block a Kavanaugh nomination?

Republicans have a slim majority in the 100-seat upper house.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing has been riddled with frequent outbursts from the gallery, leading to multiple ejections and arrests.

In each case, Kavanaugh said, he followed the law and did not let any personal or policy preferences get in his way.

Aged just 53, Kavanaugh would replace retired swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy in a lifetime appointment, a move that could solidify a hard-right court majority and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation or more. "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", said California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris.

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa bridled at the suggestion he had lost control of the proceedings.

A man whose daughter died in the Stoneman Douglas shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing.

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

She asked supporters to sign her petition to stop the Kavanaugh hearing until more documents could be released. Republicans also have released some, but not all, documents concerning Kavanaugh's two prior years as a lawyer in Bush's White House Counsel's Office.

As a judge, he has amassed a solidly conservative record since 2006 on the influential Washington-based appeals court. He is Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court. Chris Coons, D-Del., added: "Whether President Trump may have selected you, Judge Kavanaugh, with an eye towards protecting himself".

"Their motives are clear", said Sen. "He could have absolutely shook my hand and said: 'I'm sorry for your loss.' I mean - if nothing else".

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used his opening statements at the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings to rail against what he called the "Roberts Five", i.e.

Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said earlier on Fox News that more documents on Kavanaugh have been released than on any other nominee. He also accused GOP lawmakers of "rushing" Kavanaugh's nomination with an "unprecedented level of secrecy", citing the withheld documents from his tenure in the Bush administration.