'A Charade and a Mockery': Democrats, Protesters Interrupt Kavanaugh Hearing
The hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination began with partisan fireworks Tuesday morning, as Democratic senators interrupted the chairman's opening statements and protesters shouted and screamed from the audience.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was able to deliver his opening statement for just a few seconds before Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) raised objections to the committee just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to the nominee's work with past administrations.
“We cannot possibly move forward," Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic contender, said.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) added that Democrats are still seeking access to thousands of documents, which he said turns the hearing into "a charade and a mockery."
Blumenthal then moved to adjourn the hearing, but Grassley (R-Iowa) proceeded.
Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) also voiced objections.
Throughout the opening of the hearing, protesters shouted out and interrupted Grassley, with one calling it "a travesty of justice."
In the days leading up to the hearing, Democrats have slammed the White House for withholding more than 100,000 pages of records related to Kavanaugh, a former White House staffer and lawyer for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Grassley's office countered that significantly more documents of executive branch material have been provided than was the case with past nominees.
It said that 440,500 documents were produced in relation to Kavanaugh, compared with 182,000 for Justice Neil Gorsuch, 173,000 for Justice Elena Kagan and just 6,350 for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Watch the fireworks above.