They're calling to adjourn the hearing. Chaos in the chamber.
Grassley calls for regular order, says the American public "deserve" to hear from the nominee.
Patrick Leahy of Vermont, one of the dinosaurs on the Democratic side, says he's never seen a process like Kavanaugh in 44 years in the Seante.
Tells Kavanaugh to go ahead and introduce himself. Grassley then just sets up "ground rules" for hearing.
Blumenthal of Connecticut adds that he renews his motion. Sens. Chris Coons and Amy Klobuchar jump in in agreement this is not regular order.
That's literally impossible: Senators just got a document dump on Kavanaugh LAST NIGHT.
Dems resisting big time.
He basically lays it at the feet of Grassley, a committee veteran, who should know better. Incredible.
Dems are right that the committee and the American public lose out when they don't get a chance to properly review docs.
Klobuchar adds there's a pending motion and a vote must be taken. Grassley stonewalls.
"This process will be tainted and stained forever" if there's no vote.
Booker adds that it's "germane to our constitutional duties before this body, before we proceed" to vote on the motion. Grassley says "motion denied." (I don't think he can just deny it.)
If that happens, that's a major win for Democrats. Room for more chaos.
Dems want to show visuals (videos?) involving Kavanaugh. They've also seen "committee confidential" docs that no one else can see.
Grassley responds the rule only applies in executive sessions of the committee, not this hearing.
"Instead of scaring the American people" by suggesting hiding of docs, Democratic senators should make request, he says.
He says he's never seen so many records withheld on a nominee.
Important question: Trump administration is citing privilege to block Bush White House docs. Really odd.
Fascinating that Dems are sticking to this line. Process objections are generally boring and don't have a ton of impact. Didn't move the needle on Merrick Garland.
But here it seems to be working.
"This is the same Chuck Grassley that ran the Gorsuch hearings," he adds, somewhat despondently.
He then once again continues to complain about "unprecedented committee process" and how Grassley has unilaterally blocked Dems from requesting documents.
Calls on Grassley to revisit Blumenthal's motion to adjourn/postpone.
And then talks nicely to Grassley and tells him the obstruction really isn't his, but the Trump administration's.
Disappointed Kavanaugh didn't seem to get a haircut for his hearing. I mean, come the hell on. That thing looks dangerously close to a mullet.
Now it seems like each senator's opening statement will proceed, with each alternating by party and order of seniority. nymag.com/daily/intellig…
Feinstein highlights the judge's record on abortion, guns, and executive power.
GOP senators will mostly say nice things.
But as shown here, the volume of documents is irrelevant. The percentage is what matters:
"I've never seen such a dangerous rush to fill" the Kennedy vacancy. He says it's "Alice in Wonderland" that Kavanaugh is being nominated by a president at war with DOJ and the rule of law.
Booker said that was "not the full picture." Grassley moves on to John Cornyn, who's up next.
He tells Kavanaugh he hopes he can explain that to his children, who had to witness all the protests/arrests moments earlier.
He insists that there are parts of his record that GOP doesn't want out.
Almost no records have been produced from that time, where he's thought to have participated in a number of controversies, including over same-sex marriage.
If you believe your public record is one that you can get behind and defend, I ask that you ask this committee to suspend the hearing until we get all your documents.
(Narrator voice: Kavanaugh won't do it.)
Reciting the corporate and partisan rulings of what he calls the "Roberts Five" — rulings where Republican-appointed justices ruled to protect GOP interests.
Amy Klobuchar now up, rehashing comments about unprecedented nature of the withheld documents vis-a-vis other #SCOTUS nominees, and the fact Kavanaugh was nominated by president under investigation and no respect for law.
He cites yesterday's outrageous, norm-destroying DOJ/Jeff Sessions tweet by the president.
Flake will still vote for Kavanaugh.
Renews this morning's motion to adjourn the hearing until all docs reviewed.
Interesting: Blumenthal now moves to appeal the ruling. Grassley denies appeal as disallowed under rules. Blumenthal keeps going.
He says he'll let senators talk beyond their allotted time because that's how things have been running since the morning. Blumenthal says he'll be "judicious" with the time.
He's not addressing Kavanaugh, but directly confronting the chairman over the limited number of White House records given to the committee.