What do libertarians think of Brett Kavanaugh

United States: Hearing for Trump's new judge begins with tumult

The hearing of US President Donald Trump's conservative candidate for the Senate Supreme Court has begun with tumult. Opposition Democratic senators loudly called for Brett Kavanaugh's hearing to be postponed. The White House did not give them enough information, they said. Protesters in the auditorium also protested against Kavanaugh with heckling. Several of them were taken away.

Above all, the Democrats criticized the fact that they did not receive important documents assessing Kavanaugh's professional past or only very late. Just twelve hours before the hearing began, the senators had 42,000 pages of material available, including, among other things, Kavanaugh's work as a member of the administration of President George W. Bush. The Republican committee chairman Chuck Grassley rejected the request for postponement. He wants to finish the hearing by the end of the week. Kavanaugh should also be available to answer questions from the senators.

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination is the second in President Trump's term after Neil Gorsuch. Democrats fear that the lawyer could influence the Supreme Court to prevent possible prosecution of Donald Trump on constitutional grounds. However, you do not have enough votes in the US Senate to prevent Kavanaugh's appointment by a vote. "He will be the decisive voice on some of the most important issues of our time," said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Kavanaughs emphasized his independence in his opening statement: "I do not decide cases on the basis of personal or political preferences," said excerpts from speeches previously published by the White House. "A good judge has to be an arbitrator - a neutral and impartial arbitrator who does not favor anyone involved in the process or any political direction."

22 protesters taken into custody

In the hearing room, at least 22 people were temporarily taken into custody after some loud protests over disturbance of the peace. It was mostly women who criticized Kavanaugh's conservative stance on abortion law. In advance, however, the judge had made it clear that he considered a fundamental decision on abortion law from 1973 to be applicable law.

Kavanaughs is also criticized for his attitude towards campaign finance and gun law. Like Neil Gorsuch, who was also appointed by Trump, he is an advocate of a literal interpretation of the US Constitution. In the second amendment to the constitution, the fathers of the constitution manifested a right to self-defense, which, however, in the opinion of critics, would no longer fully withstand a modern interpretation.

Kavanaugh has been a judge on the Washington Federal Court of Appeals since 2006. He has long been a member of the Republican legal establishment. In the 1990s he was an important collaborator of Kenneth Starr in his investigation against then President Bill Clinton. Kavanaugh also served in the White House under ex-President George W. Bush. His candidacy for the Supreme Court is very important, as Trump wants to shape the highest court in the United States with his nomination for years and move politically to the right.