'I Am a Pro-Law Judge': Kavanaugh Stands His Ground against Democratic Onslaught
- Those expecting a showdown
throughout Judge Kavanaugh's nomination
were not disappointed Tuesday
with a steady stream of protesters
interrupting oftencontentious opening statements
from both sides of the aisle.
- Mr. Chairman, I think we ought
to have this loud mouth removed.
- [Abigail] The long awaited hearing
kicked off with about 90 minutes
of Democrats complainingabout the availability
of documents from Kavanaugh's time working
for the administration of George W. Bush.
- What are we trying tohide, why are we rushing?
- [Abigail] Democrats called for a delay
until thousands of those pages
are available for them to fully review.
- The fact that we cannottake a few days or weeks
to have a complete reviewof Judge Kavanaugh's record
is unfair to the American people.
- [Abigail] Republican Senator, Ben Sasse,
told CBN News there is a record amount
of information alreadyavailable on Judge Kavanaugh.
- Judge Kavanaugh hadmore papers submitted
to our judiciary committee
than the last five judicial nominees
to the Supreme Court combined.
- [Abigail] Dozens were arrested,
and during one outburst,Senator John Cornyn called
for members to take a deep breath
and treat the process with respect.
- I am disappointed
that despite his exemplary qualifications
and outstanding record,so many of our colleagues
across the aisle haveannounced their opposition
even before he was nominated.
- [Abigail] Case and point,
Democrat Kamala Harris, who came down hard
on Kavanaugh saying she's deeply concerned
that he's too guided by partisanship.
- This nominee hasdevoted his entire career
to a conservative Republican agenda.
- [Abigail] Judge Kavanaugh
finally got his chancelate in the afternoon,
making his case as aneutral, impartial judge.
- I do not decide cases based on personal
or policy preferences.
I am not a pro-plaintiffor pro-defendant judge.
I am not a pro-prosecutionor pro-defense judge.
I am a pro-law judge.
- And in a positive developmentfor the razor-thin majority,
Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey,
announced former Senator John Kyle
will fill the late SenatorJohn McCain's seat.
They plan to swear him in Wednesday.
Judge Kavanaugh will be
in the hot-seat the rest of the week,
fielding questions from bothsides on topics like abortion,
executive privilege, and gun control.
Republicans remain hopefulthey'll have him confirmed
before the Supreme Courtconvenes October first.
Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.