Finally Dems trying to use process in their favor.
Booker asked to be recognized. Grassley gavels him out of order
We haven't even had Kavanaugh's family introduced yet
What are we trying to hide, Leahy asks
Next up: Benghazi
Grassley said we got the documents before the hearing just like we asked so what's the big deal, folks
Reminder Kavanaugh has the lowest approval rating of a SCOTUS nominee ever
Associate Justice Carpool Dad amirite
What are Republicans hiding?
Feinstein starts in with her opening remarks
Klobuchar reminds Grassley it is a pending motion before the committee
Grassley says the motion is out of order.
Booker responds with a motion to go into executive session.
Grassley still won't.
Grassley denies the motion.
"What are we afraid of, to hold a vote on the motions before us?"
Stay mad, Chuck
Is Grassley requiring the Dems to preclear exhibits they want to use? Because if so they're gonna need the damn documents.
Grassley's answer is "I don't know"
Yes, Tillis. That's called being in the minority and opposition
The Chairman has no right to overrule these rules by fiat, Blumenthal states
Note Booker's motion to move to executive session was completely ignored by Grassley
Lol okay Chuck
"That was one heck of a paraphrase" Leahy says in response to Grassley's characterization of the Kagan documents and hearings
Leahy is heated.
Then holds up a small pile of papers she says are what was disclosed to her
"We have rules and traditions here"
Grassley asks Dems how long they plan to do this, says he's not entertaining their motions
Says this is a hearing about who will sit in a house that symbolizes our system of justice. Due process and transparency matter. It's why we have public courtrooms
Hirono jumps in to prevent Grassley from proceeding. Wants to correct the record on the role of White House Staff Secretary
Booker jumps in now. Grassley asks if he's the last Dem. Booker won't speak for his colleagues.
Dems are gonna force Grassley to gavel them out of order
Kavanaugh's face is tight, his lips pursed. Imagine this is how your confirmation hearing was proceeding? Would you want the job? I mean he's a partisan hack so sure he does.
Protesters shouting over Grassley
Grassley just de facto acknowledged Kavanaugh is the fifth vote to end Roe
Feinstein says it is important that Kavanaugh knows why Dems feel so strongly, pivots to Roe v. Wade
It's now a question of settled law, but correct law
Yup. That's right. Feinstein helped sentence [and parole] women for exercising reproductive autonomy
Yes birth control is at risk with Kavanaugh too
Who you can marry
If you can homeschool
What doctor you can see
Hatch reminds everyone that's he's known Kavanaugh for a long time so obvs he's a great candidate
This is what the GOP believes constitutional advise and consent looks like
I hope she's not a law student Hatch says.
Here's Dahilia Lithwick on what to do with that endorsement
Also reminder that Bill Burke who is controlling the Kavanaugh documents represents Kozinski in the abuse allegations against him
Sen. Ned Flanders y'all
Wonder if these are the folks that Hatch doesn't think should be in the gosh darn room
"It might serve the committee to have some reality," Leahy says before preparing to read the Riot Act to the republicans
Then says maybe Trump also nominated you for your expansive view of executive authority.
Kavanaugh just blinks. Face remains tights
"In fact, you shouldn't be sitting here today" Leahy says
After all, Republicans set the precedent for an 8 justice Court Leahy notes
Kavanaugh helped Cornyn prep for a SCOTUS argument defending prayer in public school when Cornyn was Texas AG
So these hearings are for the American people who also need to just get a grip and let Republicans ram this nomination through
"This is the noise of a free democracy" he says
"It is that president who has decided you are his man"
You should be held accountable for your own words, Durbin said
Same sex marriage
federal partial birth abortion ban
unlimited detention power
I'd like to take this class for pass/fail please
Yet he's still talking
"When is pattern evidence of bias," he opens.
This is already more animated than Lee
This is the GREAT set up for future bedtime stories, borrowing this for my kids
Those interests are 73 for 73 before the Roberts Court
1. Win elections: gerrymandering
2. suppress minority votes
3. help big money further flood election
4. help keep corporate influencers out of court: class action limitations and mandatory arbitration
6. ruling against jury rights but for ruling for corporate rights
7. busting unions
8. ruling for polluters
9. Gonzales v Carhart and upholiding abortion bans
10 Hobby Lobby
11 lying to patients in NIFLA
Folks none of that is true.
That's some quid-pro-quo right there
None of that changes that we got 42,00 pages dumped on us last night
This isn't normal she says
Tells her story of being a young girl wanting to go to law school. Notes much of the work of the law is not glamorous
Will this justice apply the law equally for everyone, she asks.
Hey, AKlo. Show up like this all the time please
He says the American public are seeing through the panic from the left...
to the tune of being the least popular SCOTUS nominee
Reminder hysteria is a gendered term that used to be a 'medical diagnosis' of the free-floating womb that made women 'crazy'
So here is Kavanaugh to help deliver the 5th vote to upend decades of precedent on agency power.
And Sasse says all of this framed on a 'non-political' judiciary
One of the biggest issues before SCOTUS will be the power of executive agencies and the court's role in reviewing them. Seems relevant.
Sneers at "empathy" from justices
Appeals to Grassley to halt the hearings and the previous motions to suspend proceedings "We are better than this" Coons says
Grassley comes in to "rehabilitate the witness" in Kavanaugh and rebut the idea that Kavanaugh is outside the judicial mainstream
Starts with the documents. Says really we need to start with Kavanaugh's time on the D.C. Circuit.
Okay fine so then turn them over 🤷🏻♀️
There are a lot
He just called the Chairman a liar
Blumenthal reads the rule. Wants a vote. With all due respect you are required to entertain my motion, Blumenthal says
It's only a matter of time before you'll have to answer for what is in them.
Motion renewed. Grassley says this isn't an executive business session so denies the motion
Blumenthal says he's proceeding under protest.
Kennedy now interrupts Blumenthal confused on procedure again
Note Blumenthal still has time
"They are the ones who really nominated you," Blumenthal says
"There will always be an asterisk next to your name," Blumenthal says
I am not making this up go ahead and fact check me
Well at this point I actually would believe it
Renews calls on Kavanaugh to suspend the hearings
Also just said "Democrat presidents"
It's going to be a long week
Turns to Grassley and clarifies he hasn't questioned Grassley's integrity but has instead just appealed to it.
Grassley says its okay we're still friends
Appealing to comity went out with the Garland nomination
Says Democrats only need a couple of hours to go through 42,000 pages of documents thanks to technology
I mean. Okay.
Note Kavanaugh is not able to comment or answer directly yet because these are opening statements. So basically Tillis said good job for not flipping a table or something
The American people deserve better.
That's what we know about Kavanaugh she says, staring with his work on Bush v Gore
I mean here we are
Graham jokes about Grassley taking him to dinner
"This idea that Trump picked you to save him. Amazing concept," Graham said
Calls Sen Feinstein "a wonderful lady"
Lol thanks. I feel *much* better about things now.
Calls Kavanaugh a strong and caring colleague
She also personally attested to the reasons for lying our way into the Iraq War so make of that what you will
That legacy was super apparent in his opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop amirite
He just doesn't think those players deserve a fair shake in the courts 🤷🏻♀️
I mean if I was a rich white guy I'd feel pretty good too!
Longest Monday ever