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Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, took aim on Wednesday at those who have defended Kavanaugh, accusing them of letting a "lack of humanity" take a back seat to their support for the conservative judge. Kennedy was a solid conservative but sided with the court's liberals on some issues, including abortion and gay rights. "And he was a champion of liberty", Kavanaugh will say, per the excerpts. A judge must interpret statutes as written. He asks what makes a judge a good one and how he goes about deciding cases. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who introduced him at the hearing.

"What we've heard is the noise of democracy", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said.

"Many citizens before me have fought for the equal rights of women". "Cancel Brett Kavanaugh!" Others shouted against the president or to protect abortion access.

Potential 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. It stood no chance of stopping Kavanaugh's hearing, but it did offer Democrats on the panel lots of opportunities for sound bites.

The hearing kicked off with chaos Tuesday as Democrats demanded more time to review 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's time working in President George W. Bush's White House.

Grassley ignored the Democrats' request to stop the hearing, saying it was "out of order".

When he does begin testifying, Kavanaugh, in his first major test as a Supreme Court nominee on Capitol Hill, is expected to tell senators that he is a "pro-law judge". But with Republicans narrowly in control of the Senate, and no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely that Kavanaugh will be confirmed. Unfortunately, the process has become so embarrassing and such an obvious put-on that few can trust either side to nominate and confirm justices truly interested in that kind of reformed view of the judiciary.

Several dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police. Republican Senator John Cornyn likened the interruptions to "mob rule".

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"If you watch the video, you see that's not the case, " Guttenberg said.

In Kavanaugh's own statement at the end of more than seven hours of arguing, the federal appeals judge spoke repeatedly about the importance of an independent judiciary and the need to keep the court above partisan politics, common refrains among Supreme Court nominees that had added salience in the fraught political atmosphere of the moment.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as protesters in the audience screamed while being dragged out of the room.

One subplot that has come up (it was initially in the ATL livecap of the hearing, but we've pulled them into this new post, as the details have emerged) was Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg who was killed in the Parkland massacre, attempting to introduce himself to Judge Kavanaugh as the hearing broke for lunch.

Afterward, Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh "did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence".

Republicans also have released some but not all of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office prior to becoming staff secretary.

Kavanaugh has been a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 2006. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

President Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court endured a rough start to his Senate hearings today when Democrats continually interrupted to push for an adjournment, in protest at thousands of papers being withheld by the White House.