Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Brett Kavanaugh’s snub of Parkland shooting victim’s father goes viral

Brett Kavanaugh’s snub of Parkland shooting victim’s father goes viral

Shrieking protesters also disrupted the hearing.

Committee chair, Republican Chuck Grassley, admitted he had lost control of the hearings and berated himself for not being tougher on his fellow senators.

Asked if he thought the NRA's backing of his confirmation might have played any role in Kavanaugh's choice not to speak to him or shake his hand, Guttenberg said: "You know what?"

"I put out my hand and I said: 'My name is Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland, ' and he walked away", Guttenberg said in an interview with the Guardian.

Afterward, Guttenberg tweeted that Kavanaugh "did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said security intervened before Kavanaugh could shake Guttenberg's hand. A handful of Democrats facing elections in red states may well join their GOP colleagues in voting in Kavanaugh's favor.

When they did turn to Judge Kavanaugh himself, Democrats said he represented a critical swing vote on a court now divided between four Democratic appointees and four Republican appointees. 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.

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

There were reportedly concerns that a walkout might backfire, and this way Democratic voters got to watch their senators taking on Kavanaugh, rather than staring at a half-empty chamber. "They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress. If you walk into my courtroom and you have the better legal arguments, you will win", he said. But as Graham said yesterday, you can't lose elections and pick judges.

In his opening statement, Kavanaugh said he did not make judicial decisions based on his personal policy preferences. He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary. A judge must interpret statutes as written. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

Some seven hours after the hearing began, Kavanaugh - the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA judicial body - finally made his opening remarks. Besides his family, he was accompanied by outgoing White House Counsel Don McGahn and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, who retired earlier this year.

Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate". He also accused them of obstruction. They say the White House is withholding thousands of documents about Kavanaugh's past work inside the White House, when he was a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush, a Republican.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have appointed two justices to the nine-member bench in his first 20 months in office.

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