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"President Trump claims he has an absolute right to pardon himself".

The quick adjournment allows Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley to continue his panel's hearing for as long as he would like on Wednesday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked whether a president could be criminally investigated or indicted.

President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, weighed in on the ruckus on the committee as Kavanaugh read his opening statement, before the meeting wrapped up for the day.

"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", Kavanaugh said. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

But in the hearing Kavanaugh largely danced around the issue by reciting the facts of the case without disclosing his own legal view.

Minutes after Mr Kavanaugh, 53, entered the committee rooms on Tuesday, the hearing was disrupted by angry shouts from members of the public and lawmakers alike.

Despite interruptions, senators plunged into their initial opportunity to publicly question Kavanaugh in what was expected to be a marathon day of examination.

More important, however, is making certain nothing stands in Kavanaugh's way that would delay confirmation beyond the November elections, when Democrats have an outside shot of winning a Senate majority. Democrats signaled that they would press Kavanaugh in depth on abortion and gun rights, among other issues, when they get to question the nominee.

One big reason Kavanaugh is so unpopular may have nothing to do with him personally, and is more about the Republican Party's clear desire to overturn Roe v. Wade. "Precedent is rooted right in the Constitution itself". He highlighted the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling that reaffirmed Roe, calling it a "precedent on precedent".

Hatch asked Kavanaugh about the Chevron doctrine, which takes its name from a 1980s Supreme Court decision that instructs federal courts to defer to a government agency's interpretation of ambiguous law.

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On Wednesday, Kavanaugh's said the message of the decision, which he called one of the greatest moments in USA judicial history, was clear. Kavanaugh had clerked for Kozinski in the early 1990s and considered the judge a friend and mentor.

Kavanaugh said he knew nothing about the accusations and that he was not on an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send inappropriate material.

Republican Senators fell in line behind Kavanaugh, but interestingly Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)-who is not seeking reelection and has been a critic of President Trump-seconded Democrats concerns about Trump's threats to the rule of law and democratic norms.

In video of the exchange, Guttenberg can be seen reaching out to shake Kavanaugh's hand as the Supreme Court nominee stood up to walk out of the room for recess.

The president's repeated efforts to undermine the Russian Federation investigation - and threats to dismiss the special counsel - have amplified the potential for the matter to eventually reach the courts.

"They were some ideas for Congress to consider". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) challenged the nominee's stance on gun control policy.

The confirmation hearing opened on Tuesday with a chaotic session in which Democrats complained that Republicans withheld documents concerning Kavanaugh's work in Bush's White House more than a decade ago that they said they needed to review to properly vet the nominee. Majority Republicans have declined to seek the papers, and instead have gathered documents from his work as White House counsel to Bush. Democrats tried to stop the hearing before it got started, arguing it was "tainted". "Anything less than 49 Democratic votes against Kavanaugh would be a massive failure of your leadership".

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called the hearing a "charade" and "a mockery of our norms".

The Senate is likely to vote on confirmation by the end of the month. Republicans counter that they have already received more than 400,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents.

During one of the protests, Sen.