This Is Why You Weren’t Hearing Protestors at Kavanaugh’s Hearing Today

A municipal police officer controls a demonstrator during a protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Tuesday is being devoted to opening statements by committee members, three people chosen to introduce Kavanaugh and, finally, the judge himself.

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

Asked about court precedents, the importance of previously settled cases including the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that ensures access to abortion, Kavanaugh said, "Respect for precedent is important". It's a question I have not written about. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) urging Kavanaugh to suspend his own hearing, from Republicans complaining of "mob rule" to Sen.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter died in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., is defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and asking people to stop using the tragedy as a political weapon. Inside, 70 protestors were arrested for disrupting the hearings as they stood and yelled their opposition to Kavanaugh's appointment. Some liberals have expressed concern Kavanaugh could be a rubber stamp for Trump and protect him from lawsuits and investigations. The West Virginia Democrat, who is facing a tough re-election fight in November, was spotted at Kavanaugh's hearing earlier on Wednesday, even though he does not serve on the judiciary committee where it is being held.

He pointed specifically to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who during her 1993 confirmation hearing said it would be wrong for her to "preview in this legislative chamber how I would cast my vote on questions the Supreme Court may be called upon to decide" - a move that has since been dubbed the "Ginsburg rule". "As a matter of the canons of judicial independence, I can't give you an answer to that hypothetical question", he responded. "I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich", Kavanaugh said.

Democrats accuse Senate Republican leaders of stealing a Supreme Court seat by refusing to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee to the high court, Merrick Garland, in 2016, allowing Trump to fill a Supreme Court vacancy instead. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge.

Bernie Sanders speaks with protesters in front of the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, is appearing for questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. Sasse ripped into his Congressional colleagues for not enacting legislation related to sensitive issues, leaving the Supreme Court to clean up the mess and draw the ire of Americans who don't understand that justices are not political figures. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told reporters on Wednesday. He highlighted the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling that reaffirmed Roe, calling it a "precedent on precedent".

"That takes some backbone", he said of the justices who decided those cases. But that may not preclude him from joining the court's other conservatives in restricting its scope by upholding abortion restrictions enacted in conservative states. The ruling was later overturned and she had the abortion.

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