"I think we ought to give the American people the opportunity to hear whether Judge Kavanaugh should be on the Supreme Court", Grassley said.

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.

Later on, the Late Night host said it's "absurd" to allow Trump to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat since he "might go to jail" and dismissed Kavanaugh as a "lifelong partisan Republican".

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said they would have had to read 7,000 pages an hour overnight just to review the files shared on Monday evening.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united. Kavanaugh turned to look at the man, who later identified himself on social media as Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, as he stuck out his right hand.


So far, no Republicans have said they plan to vote against Kavanaugh.

He would replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who was appointed by Ronald Reagan but proved to be a staunch defender of abortion and gay rights.

Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, and eldest daughter entered the committee room with Grassley just after 9:30 am.

- Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing turned into a political spectacle within moments of Tuesday's kickoff, as top Democrats tried to overtake the session with a rapid-fire string of objections and protesters shouted and screamed from the audience.

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

"You are the nominee of President Donald John Trump".


Other documents were released at the last minute, or not at all - including documents from 2003 to 2006 when Kavanaugh served as Bush's staff secretary.

There is a long history of heated fights over U.S. Supreme Court nominations, with anger in both parties.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so. And on Tuesday, it was nice to see the Senate Democrats agree on this point as well.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to testify during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Democrats made it clear that three topics in particular - abortion, guns and executive power - will be front and center as they lob questions at Kavanaugh tomorrow.

Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said earlier on Fox News that more documents on Kavanaugh have been released than on any other nominee.


They have been fiercely critical of the Trump administration for not providing sufficient documentation about Kavanaugh's time in Mr.

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