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Protesters dressed in The Handmaid's Tale costume, protest outside the hearing room where Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

For a second day, the judge nominated by Trump insisted to probing senators that he fully embraced the importance of judicial independence.

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, if you're right under the law, you prevail", Kavanaugh said.

In total, some 22 people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct by the police during the highly publicised event.

To me that means figuring out what your views are, judge, on whether a president is above the law. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

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.

President Trump is free to waive any claims of privilege, like past presidents have done, and we urge him to do so.

For a second day, protesters interrupted proceedings before being removed by security personnel.

Nearly all those pages were from Kavanaugh's time as the White House staff secretary, which are "both the least revealing of Judge Kavanaugh's legal thinking" because they contain mainly the thoughts and advice of departments and advisers, "and the most sensitive to the Executive Branch", because "they contain advice transmitted directly to the president [by other people] and are at the heart of executive privilege". This is just the latest action in a series of actions to obstruct our review of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh, 53, would replace retired swing-vote justice Anthony Kennedy, a move that could solidify a hard-right majority on the nine-member court and help shape key aspects of American society for a generation or more.

Pressed by Feinstein on his comment several years ago that USA v. Nixon might have been wrongly decided, he said his quote - shown on a poster above the senator - was "not in context" and "I have repeatedly called US v. Nixon one of the four greatest moments in court history".

Another focus was Trump himself, who has frequently leveled attacks against the judiciary and law enforcement.

Kavanaugh said he was not involved.

He cited historic cases including the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that desegregated schools and the USA v. Nixon decision that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. Protester: "We need you to be a hero!"

Kavanaugh refused, as all other Supreme Court judges have before him, to answer hypothetical questions about impeachment.

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But asked later by the panel's top Democrat, Sen.

"I told the truth and the whole truth in my prior testimony", Kavanaugh said. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., theatrically pulled out a copy of the Constitution and said he could not find the name of William Burck in the section where it says Congress should provide "advice and consent" to nominations.

Most of us know that in 1973, the Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that states can not ban abortion before a certain point in pregnancy because doing so would violate a woman's constitutional right to liberty and privacy.

"Respect for precedent is important". Roe and other Supreme Court decisions also protect the right to continue a pregnancy, meaning that the government can not coerce us into not having children through sterilization or other means.

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.

"They are widely possessed in the United States, senator, and they are used and possessed", Kavanaugh responded.

Kavanaugh defended his dissenting opinion previous year in the case of a pregnant immigrant teen in federal custody. Republicans countered Kavanaugh's judicial opinions, which should be the greatest indicators of his qualifications, are public record and should be the focus of the hearing. "These e-mails will all be disclosed in 12 years".

Speaking on CNN, Mr Guttenberg said: "I simply said, 'Hi, my name is Fred Guttenberg, I'm the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland".

Kavanaugh also described U.S. v. Nixon, the supreme court ruling that ordered then President Richard Nixon to turn over secret White House recordings toward the end of the Watergate investigation, as "one of the greatest moments in American judicial history".

Republicans also have released some but not all of the existing documents concerning Kavanaugh's two years as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office prior to becoming staff secretary. Many are being held as confidential within the committee.

To shut the public out of the hearing room is only another barrier to the kind of transparency protestors and Democratic Senators alike are calling for.

Kavanaugh says he didn't have any knowing involvement in the email scandal.

Barring a surprise, Republicans appear on track to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps in time for the first day of the new term, October 1, which is little more than a month before congressional elections. Today, 30 percent say the court should make it harder - down 12 points - and 21 percent say it should make it easier, up 10.

Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined the hearing in the audience for a while. He is up for re-election this fall. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowsi, one of the swing votes that could stop the nomination, dismissed the Tuesday's protests as "a lot of drama", according to the outlet.

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