Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican, accused Democrats of participating in "mob rule", as Durbin proclaimed that the demonstrations were "the noise of democracy". The Supreme Court has never answered that question, and it is among the most important at Kavanaugh's hearing since Trump could face a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Kavanaugh said: "The question of self-pardons is something I have never analyzed". Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Should the confirmation hearing proceed to questioning, as scheduled on Wednesday, Democrats are expected to strongly press Kavanaugh on his position on abortion, and notably the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case, as well as his endorsement of presidential immunity.
On Wednesday, members of the Senate committee were granted up to 30 minutes each to grill Kavanaugh on a variety of subjects.
In his 2006 confirmation hearing for the federal appeals court, Kavanaugh said that "I was not involved and am not involved in the questions about the rules governing detention of combatants". Kavanaugh said he reversed the conviction of a man in a military commissions case who was convicted for an offense that wasn't an identified crime at the time it happened. Additionally, the right to use contraception, whether you are married or single, is also protected as a constitutional right dating back to the decision of Eisenstadt v. Baird in 1972.
Kavanaugh noted that Roe was reaffirmed in a 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Kavanaugh is a clear, direct speaker who can tailor his words to whether he's talking to a critic or a supporter.
Republican senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Jeff Flake of Arizona spoke positively about Kavanaugh but questioned the Trump administrations integrity. Kavanaugh had clerked for Kozinski in the early 1990s and considered the judge a friend and mentor.
"I am not a skeptic of regulation at all", he said.
Kavanaugh said he knew nothing about the accusations and that he was not on an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send inappropriate material. Kavanaugh has produced more records to the committee than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, according to the chairman.More news: China to give $60 billion in financial support to Africa, Xi says
Kavanaugh indicated he was willing to issue rulings against a president who appointed him, noting his ruling in a case involving a Guantanamo Bay detainee that went against Republican former President George W. Bush, who appointed him to his current judicial job.
He worked under special counsel Kenneth Starr in his investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.
"No one is above the law in our constitutional system".
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said they would have had to read 7,000 pages an hour overnight just to review the files shared on Monday evening.
He told the panel - amid raucous protests inside the room - that civility is important. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) made salient points.
Republicans also have released some but not all of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office prior to becoming staff secretary. "It is about Democratic senators re-litigating the 2016 election".
Before the hearing even officially began, Democrats tried to put a stop to it, complaining that they had not received thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh's background, and that thousands of pages that they did receive were not turned over to them until the night before.
One of several Democrats who could potentially vote for Kavanaugh, Sen.
The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month.
Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.