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Laura Ingraham said Democratic lawmakers' behavior during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing was more than a "tedious spectacle", it was an example of how the left is destroying civility and sowing chaos.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served for the past 12 years on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., which is considered the second most important court in the country after the Supreme Court.

The hearing is scheduled to last four days. But with Trump's fellow Republicans holding a slim majority in the Senate, and with no sign of any of them voting against the nomination, it remains likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job on top US judicial body.

Democrats ultimately need to convince moderate Republicans to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The key precedent Kavanaugh was alluding to here was Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld Roe and was co-authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh clerked. "I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge".

Tuesday's hearing was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, who worry that Kavanaugh will tilt the high court far to the right, cementing a 5-4 conservative majority for years to come. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen.

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

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, addressed Kavanaugh about abortion. "Cancel Brett Kavanaugh!" Others shouted against the president or to protect abortion access.

"You're out of order", Grassley said. "You can't lose the election and want to pick judges". "They do not caucus in separate rooms", he said.

"The justices on the Supreme Court do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle", he said.

Kavanaugh promises that if confirmed he will "keep an open mind in every case".

Democrats also complained that the Trump administration blocked the release of more than 100,000 pages of documents detailing Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House. Senators have reviewed almost 200,000 pages that can not be disclosed to the public, and the Trump administration is withholding an additional 100,000 pages from Congress, claiming that those documents are covered by presidential privilege.

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. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy asked. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate". John Cornyn, R-Texas, denounced what he called the "mob rule".

"It is about politics", said Cruz.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, agreed, calling Democrats' complaints "trumped up". "Sparks will fly", said Sen. Democrats signaled they would press Kavanaugh on abortion, gun rights and presidential power when they get to question him on Wednesday in a hearing due to run through Friday. "No security involved. He turned and walked away".

There is a long history of heated fights over US Supreme Court nominations, with anger in both parties. "Attack me with your stupid words, because you're pro-life".

Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale Law School, worked as a lawyer assisting special counsel Kenneth Starr, who recommended the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying about an affair with Monica Lewinsky.

"I believe it is vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote. He has since said that presidents should not be subject to criminal investigations while still in office, a position that could affect Trump in the future.

Feinstein takes issue with that approach.

"Is this president, or any president, above the law?" "We have not had an opportunity to have a meaningful hearing", Democratic Senator Kamala Harris said.

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