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Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said President Trump often drove him insane but his choice of Kavanaugh was the best thing he had ever done.

Two Republican members of the committee who often criticize the president agreed that judicial independence is a particular concern in the Trump era, though they seemed less skeptical of Kavanaugh than their Democratic colleagues.

"We weren't even familiar with the hateful symbol being attributed to her for the random way she rested her hand during a long hearing", he said on his official USA attorney twitter account.

Brett Kavanaugh did not shake hands with Fred Guttenberg when he approached him after the morning session. Democrats painted him as a right-wing extremist who would fail to hold Trump accountable.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, even moved to adjourn the committee, arguing senators couldn't be asked to judge a nominee without all the documents.

"A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". He also saying being a good judge means paying attention to words that are written-Constitution, statutes. Kavanaugh also points out that decisions impact real people and is just not about theory (Klobuchar mentioned something similar yesterday).

Kavanaugh himself, however, pushed back against the idea of the Supreme Court as a partisan institution. And on the most contentious cases, the court tends to split into two sides, conservative and liberal. The source said Kavanaugh's security detail quickly stepped in because they did not know who the person was.

The theatrics reflect the impotence of Democrats who lack the votes in the Senate to block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

When Grassley pressed on, speaking over Harris, her objection was reinforced by interventions from other Democrats, in a choreographed show of dissent from Democrats under fierce pressure from their grassroots voters to disrupt Kavanaugh's likely confirmation. One by one, Democrats, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, all potential presidential contenders, demanded that Republicans delay the hearing. Some 42,000 pages were released on the evening before of the hearing.

"We can not possibly move forward".

On the first day of the hearing, protestors shouted their disapprovals as Kavanaugh promised to be a "team player" on the court.

"This isn't his first rodeo", said the official, who acknowledged that Kavanaugh has been a judge for 12 years and judges don't often get interrupted or stopped mid-sentence. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, noted that President Trump campaigned on a pledge of shifting the high court to the right.

"This nominee has devoted his entire career to a conservative Republican agenda", said Sen. He occasionally jotted notes on paper.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary. Republican Senator John Cornyn likened the interruptions to "mob rule". Struggling to speak over protesters, Sen.

They stood up and yelled at the senators from the back of the room. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) estimated it would have required staffers to review 7,000 pages of documents per hour. "Are people nervous about this concerned about this?"