But justices often do say they seek consensus, and they like to focus on how frequently they reach unanimous decisions.
On the first day of the hearing, protestors shouted their disapprovals as Kavanaugh promised to be a "team player" on the court. Although he worked on the Starr report, he later wrote that a sitting president should not have to face the distraction of civil or criminal investigations - a position that worries Democrats in light of the ongoing Department of Justice probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. He retired in July.
They plan to press Kavanaugh on abortion, gun rights and his ability to be independent of Trump, among other issues. Questioning will begin Wednesday and last at least two days.
Barring any major last-minute surprises, Kavanaugh appears to be on track to be confirmed by the end of the month. "During that period of time, President Bush was considering same-sex marriage - an amendment to ban it - abortion, executive power, detainees, torture, Supreme Court nominees, warrantless wiretapping". Kavanaugh's remarks were not the words of a man interviewing for a spot on the highest court of the land. After conferencing over the holiday weekend, the Democrats barely let Kavanaugh's weeklong confirmation get started before taking over, essentially shouting down Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. He also accused them of obstruction.
Democrats seized on Kavanaugh's comments in which he supported an expansion of a U.S. president's immunity from prosecution - a dramatic shift from his recommendation for strong action against then-president Bill Clinton when Kavanaugh assisted in a 1990s investigation against him. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight. 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.
That was good enough for GOP senators, who called Judge Kavanaugh a legal giant. Before chairman Chuck Grassley could even dive into his welcoming statement to Kavanaugh and his family, nearly every Democrat on the panel began offering a series of objections to the hearing, demanding its adjournment in order to have more time to review the new material. He has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 12 years and has authored 307 opinions, concurrences and dissents. Grassley says the documents are "irrelevant" to Kavanaugh's qualifications as a judge.
Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate.
Laura Ingraham said Democratic lawmakers' behavior during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing was more than a "tedious spectacle", it was an example of how the left is destroying civility and sowing chaos.
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It wasn't immediately clear how Capitol Police processed the protesters.
In his opening statement, Kavanaugh vows to be a "pro-law judge" who will interpret the law impartially. And on Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would appoint former Republican Sen. Rob Portman of OH and liberal lawyer Lisa Blatt.
Witnesses will also speak about Kavanaugh.
He said he would respect past Supreme Court rulings. On Friday, the Trump administration said it would withhold more than 100,000 pages on the basis of presidential privilege. But as Graham said yesterday, you can't lose elections and pick judges.
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Actress Piper Perabo says she was among a string of women who got arrested at the raucous first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.
Grassley, who struggled to maintain order but remained patient, countered that Kavanaugh, 53, has made more documents available for review than the five previous Supreme Court nominees combined. The Iowa Republican tells Fox News that there are more documents on Kavanaugh than any other nominee in history.
Booker's fundraising email was sent out an hour after the hearing began.