Sen. Cornyn Slams Dems for Interrupting Kavanaugh Hearing: If This Were a Court of Law, You'd Be 'Held in Contempt'
'I would just suggest we get on with the hearing.'
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) slammed his Democratic colleagues for interrupting the opening of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday morning.
As Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) attempted to deliver his opening statement, multiple Democratic senators interjected, including Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
The Democratic lawmakers raised objections to the committee just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's work with past administrations, and called for the release of thousands more documents that have been withheld.
Whitehouse said one would be hard-pressed to find any court in the country that would not give a party litigant a continuance when the opposite party did a massive document dump after close of business the night before a trial.
Cornyn fired back at Whitehouse's suggestion that the hearing be handled as if it were a court of law.
"I would suggest that if this were a court of law that virtually every member on the dais on that side would be held in contempt of court, because this whole process is supposed to be a civil one, where people ask questions and we get to get answers," Cornyn said.
"And that's the basis upon which we are supposed to exercise our constitutional responsibilities of advice and consent," he continued. "So I would just suggest we get on with the hearing."
Watch Cornyn's remarks above.