The Latest: Democrats try to delay Kavanaugh, GOP stops them
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):
Democrats have tried to adjourn the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing to consider Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Republicans have rejected the motion.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut protested as soon as the hearing gaveled opened Thursday. He says the nomination will be “tainted” and “stained” by the unusual process for vetting President Donald Trump’s nominee.
Democrats say Republicans, who have the majority, are rushing the proceedings.
Blumenthal says, “We lack the time. We lack the documents.” He calls it a “badly broken process.”
Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he already agreed to hold over the vote on Kavanaugh for one week.
The panel will vote next week on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation. Republicans hope to confirm him to the court by Oct. 1.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he would have shaken the hand of a man whose daughter was killed in a Florida high school shooting if he had known who the man was.
A photo of Kavanaugh appearing to refuse to shake Fred Guttenberg’s outstretched hand last week went viral.
Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee he assumed the man who approached him was a protester. He says if he had known who Guttenberg was, “I would have shaken his hand, talked to him, and expressed my sympathy. And I would have listened to him.”
Kavanagh’s explanation was part of a 263-page response late Wednesday to some 1,287 written questions from senators.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to meet Thursday to consider Kavanaugh’s confirmation.