Trump's Supreme Court nominee emphasizes judicial independence

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John Cornyn of Texas spoke out as Democrats demanded an adjournment and two dozen protesters were dragged out of the room in chaotic scenes.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin questioning Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

If approved, he would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right.

In his opening remarks released ahead of delivery, Kavanaugh sought to tamp down the controversy over his nomination, which would likely shift the closely divided court to the right.

What were the protests about?

Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh.

'This is a mockery and a travesty of justice, ' yelled one unidentified protester. Another cried: "Our democracy is broken!"

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With majority Republicans appearing united, it's doubtful the hearings will affect the eventual confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee.

Brett Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court ran into protests Tuesday as Democrats complained about withheld documents and protesters interrupted his confirmation hearing with shouts before being dragged out by Capitol Police. The Yale law school graduate has spent 12 years on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., where he's authored hundreds of opinions.

Trump is facing dismal approval ratings as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible Russian collusion with Trump's team closes in on the White House.

Monday night, some 42,000 documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's work with previous administrations were released to the committee.

Kelly Jean Kelly wrote this story for VOA Learning English with reports from the Associated Press and VOA News. It is not even certain all Democrats will stick together since endangered liberal senators up for re-election in red states are under intense pressure to back the confirmation.

But Republican Senator Orrin Hatch dismissed the concerns raised about the judge as "ridiculous".

Kavanaugh also is likely to face questions about his views on investigating sitting presidents and the ongoing probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Why is the nomination contentious?

Democrats have promised to quiz Kavanaugh on hot-button issues such as abortion and gun control. The question, she said, is not whether he believes that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is "settled law", as he has told other senators, but "whether you believe it is the correct law".

The protesters, who were predominantly women, repeatedly heckled the senators and Kavanaugh, arguing that installing Trump's second pick to the Supreme Court would irreparably end access to abortion and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Obviously, they do not have the votes to block this nominee but they're putting up one hell of a fight. As for Kavanaugh, he'll likely be confirmed. So far, there are no signs of Republican defections.

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

The authors back up their views with concomitant experience: They have "either been before the Senate for confirmation, worked on Supreme Court or other confirmations, or both".

The hearing proceeded despite Democrats' call for delay.

Now, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell completed the process former Democratic Leader Harry Reid started by eliminating the filibuster for all judicial nominees, there is absolutely nothing Democrats can do to stop Trump and the GOP Senate majority from installing Kavanaugh on the nation's highest court.

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A resident of the wealthy Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Mr Kavanaugh studied law at Yale. Given the current political makeup of the federal government, there's little chance that we won't be referring to him as Justice Kavanaugh very soon.

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