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Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Off To A Contentious Start

Democrats say they didn't have enough time to review newly released documents.
Posted at 1:13 PM, Sep 04, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing got off to an explosive start Tuesday.  

Soon after the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing started, Sen. Kamala Harris and other Democrats quickly called to adjourn the meeting. 

"The committee received just last night, less than 15 hours ago, 42,000 pages of documents that we have not had an opportunity to review or read or analyze," Harris said. 

She tried to continue on, but the committee chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, simply responded: "You're out of order. I'll proceed."

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal addressed Grassley: "Mr. Chairman, if we cannot be recognized, I move to adjourn." 

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker also pleaded with Grassley to postpone the hearings.

"Sir, based upon your own principles, your own values, I call for at least a debate or a vote on these issues, and not for us to rush through this process," Booker said.

Grassley responded, saying he didn't want to let the hearings turn into what he called "mob rule."

"Can I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle how long you want to go on with this? Because I'm not going to entertain any of the motions you're making. We're not in executive session, and I think we ought to level with the American people. Do you want this to go on all day?" Grassley said.

President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who stepped down in July. Kavanaugh's hearing is expected to last three to four days.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.