Grassley Opens Kavanaugh Hearing One Hour Late


by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 6, 2018) — After exactly one hour of discussion launched by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley abruptly began his opening statement on the third and final day of hearings on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Within two minutes, hecklers began shouting. Grassley nevertheless asked Kavanaugh his first question of the day.

Grassley had opened the hearing at 9:35 but was interrupted by committee Democrats who said they would risk expulsion from the Senate after releasing an email marked “committee classified” which they believe shows a flaw in Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday were contentious, with Democrats on Tuesday demanding that the hearings cease until all documentation associated with Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House is released publicly.

Booker is reportedly considering running for president in 2020.

Questioning proceeded from Grassley to ranking committee member Dianne Feinstein, who read from an email Kavanaugh allegedly wrote about Roe v. Wade.  Feinstein is a strong supporter of abortion “rights” and has queried Kavanaugh extensively as to his belief as to whether or not the 1973 decision is “settled law.”


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