Piper Perabo Arrested at Brett Kavanaugh Senate Hearing

Piper Perabo Arrested at Brett Kavanaugh Senate Hearing

Several protesters also disrupted Sen.

"We can not possibly move forward", Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, said.

So it was that Kamala Harris, with an eye on 2020, immediately demanded that Chairman Chuck Grassley adjourn the Judiciary Committee hearing.

"What are we trying to hide? What are we hiding by not letting these documents come out?"

Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Instead, Grassley claimed the rule under which Blumenthal made his motion didn't apply to these proceedings and gaveled Democrats out of order.

Afterwards, he said, he was allowed to return as the hearing continued.

The paper trail from those jobs proved to be too voluminous for the Senate to pile through in the eight weeks since Kavanaugh's nomination.

The No. 2 ranking Senate Democrat said Democrats discussed in advance tactics for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Kavanaugh sat, fingers intertwined, quietly staring ahead at the committee members as audience members screamed while being dragged out of the hearing room.

Opening statements are underway in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. George W. Bush's lawyer turned over 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House to senators late on Monday night, just hours before the hearings began.

Guttenberg wrote on Twitter that, as the morning session ended, he "walked up to Judge Kavanaugh" and attempted to introduce himself "as Jaime Guttenberg's dad".

In the public gallery, protestors started shouting before they were removed by Capitol Hill police officers, adding to an atmosphere of chaos and recrimination around the hearing.

The Kavanaugh hearings are expected to last three to four days; it remains to be seen whether the handmaids will stay the course for the duration. Republicans need just 50 votes - their entire conference at the moment - to clear Kavanaugh's nomination.

If all goes according to Republicans' plans, the committee will vote later this month - nearly surely along straight party lines - to send his nomination to the full Senate in hopes of getting him on the court by the October 1 start of the 2018 term.

"You had a chance and you lost", Graham said, referring to the 2016 presidential contest.

Tuesday's hearing closed with Kavanaugh offering his opening remarks. "I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences".

Confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is often thought of as nine separate judges, rather than a team.

Perabo, known for her roles in "Coyote Ugly" and the "Cheaper by the Dozen" series said she protested because she doesn't believe President Donald Trump should be able to nominate a Supreme Court Justice with his administration under a cloud.

Democrats have warned that Mr Trump's choice will usher in a more socially conservative approach to abortion, gay rights and gun control. But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.

Witnesses will also speak about Kavanaugh. So whatever the validity of their request, it's not going to change their minds about elevating the appeals court judge. The two Senators the Democrats had pinned their hopes on, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, don't appear to have given any indication they won't vote with their party. So far, neither has indicated likelihood to oppose Kavanaugh.