'Sham President, Sham Justice!': Protesters Disrupt Day 2 of Kavanaugh Hearings

'Sham President, Sham Justice!': Protesters Disrupt Day 2 of Kavanaugh Hearings

Fred Guttenberg (L), father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, tries to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he leaves for lunch break during Tuesday's confirmation hearing.

One woman shouted about gun violence and the "slaughter" of children and yelled "sham president, sham justice!". This is a travesty of justice!

"To be consistent with the principle of the independence of the judiciary, I should not and may not make a commitment about how I would handle a particular case", Kavanaugh said.

But demonstrations continued inside the US Senate building where Kavanaugh was being quizzed on Wednesday, with occasional outbursts from protesters, such as: "Sham president, sham justice!" and "No Trump puppet!" "Be a hero! Cancel this hearing!"

Feinstein had asked the question in the context of USA v. Nixon, the 1974 unanimous Supreme Court ruling ordering then-President Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation.

Protesters dressed in The Handmaid's Tale costume, protest outside the hearing room where Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Grassley started off the questioning by asking Kavanaugh to describe his idea of a good judge.

Much like the first day of protests and arrests, which punctuated the senators' partisan quarreling over the nomination, the second day saw more than a dozen protesters hauled out of the hearing room shouting objections to Kavanaugh's nomination.

Trump, could face a subpoena in the case, and the top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Majority Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic votes, though they'll have little margin for error.

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That last question is among the most important at Kavanaugh's hearing since Trump could face a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was tasked with making the opening remarks at the hearing and after a long period of interruptions chose to proceed with the opening statements over the shouts of protesters. The balance of ideological views at SCOTUS could soon tilt strongly to the right.

On Thursday, the NAACP released a report outlining how Kavanaugh's potential Supreme Court appointment would be "a severe threat to civil rights", and called for the Senate to reject his nomination.

The theatrics came as Republicans opened four days of confirmation hearings on Kavanaugh, a federal judge who previously worked for the George W. Bush administration and the independent counsel's office, and has a long paper trail dating to the 1990s. Coons suggested he wouldn't be willing to hold a president accountable to the law, and asked Kavanaugh about a judicial opinion Kavanaugh wrote bashing the independent counsel law.

Healthcare was at the forefront during Tuesday's fractious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. This sort of answer is consistent with the practices of past nominees, though it can be frustrating for both senators and legal commentators.

Monday night, some 42,000 documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's work with previous administrations were released to the committee.

As protesters repeatedly interrupted the session, Republican Sen.

One of the big questions surrounding Kavanaugh is how he would vote on cases related to Roe vs. Wade.