Day 2 of hearings finds Kavanaugh in the hot seat

Brett Kavanaugh

Harris received praise for her defiance of the chamber's norms. I was her deputy when she was nominated.

Democrat senator Mazie Hirono said Kavanaugh was an "ideologically-driven conservative" who had been "knee deep in partisan politics" throughout his career.

"We can not possibly move forward", said Sen. At that time, Blumenthal rested his decision on Kavanaugh's "record and writings, which I have reviewed", claiming that they showed a "very extreme hostility to numerous precious rights and liberties that make our nation great".

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) continued to bring up the motion at various points throughout the hearing which was backed by other Democrats.

Booker's fundraising email was sent out an hour after the hearing began.

Kavanaugh's two daughters, Margaret, 13, and Liza, 10, did not join their parents for the start of the second day of the confirmation hearing. He added that video "clearly shows security intervened" when Kavanaugh was approached.

Soon, photographers were arrayed immediately in front of the back-of-the-room chairs where these protesters were deploying themselves.

In a statement Tuesday evening, the U.S. Capitol Police said a total of 70 people were charged with in connection with protests of Tuesday's hearing. More than five dozen protesters were ousted from the hearing, anti-Trump activists leveled rash allegations of racism against the Trump team assisting the judge, and Democrats deployed rhetorical and procedural tools to try to derail the nomination.

But within moments of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley banging the gavel, Democrats launched what appeared to be coordinated protests against moving ahead with the hearing on Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the highest United States court.

Like Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said during her opening remarks Tuesday, I think the Kavanaugh battle is one worth fighting, regardless of the outcome.

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

The hearing gave Democrats a chance to make their case against Kavanaugh ahead of November's congressional elections, in which they are seeking to seize control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans. He has served for the past 12 years on the appeals court in Washington, DC.

Speaking on CNN, Mr Guttenberg said: "I simply said, 'Hi, my name is Fred Guttenberg, I'm the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland". "To conclude otherwise rewards lawlessness and erases the fundamental difference between citizenship and illegal presence in our country".

Andrew Pollack, another, more conservative father of a Parkland gun violence victim, publicly defended the judge on Tuesday.

Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the next Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh has argued that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution and investigations while in office.

"Some 30 years ago, Judge Anthony Kennedy sat in this seat".

They contrasted the haste with which Kavanaugh is being confirmed to the Republicans' refusal to hold hearings for Merrick Garland, Barack Obama's nominee for a vacant Supreme Court spot, in 2016.