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>> Mr. Chairman, regular order.>> 42,000 pages of documents that we have not had an opportunity to review or read or analyze.>> You're out of order, I'll proceed.>> Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing opens in acrimony and chaos Tuesday, as Democrats called for the high stakes hearing to be delayed.
Venting outrage over Republican tactics.>> We haven't been able to review last night,>> And everyone else joining us today.>> And we believe this hearing should be postponed.>> I know this is an->> Kavanaugh sat stone-faced in the witness chair as senators argued over the withholding of thousands of documents on Kavanaugh's record by the White House citing executive privilege.
And the recent release of 42,000 other documents the night before the hearing.>> Limited documents. We thought there should be more. We have not received the documents that you have even called for.>> Well this is something I've never gone through before in 15 Supreme Court nominations.>> Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley struggling to maintain order as Democrats aired their objections.
You're out of order.>> Mr Chairman, I appeal to be recognized on your sense of decency and integrity.>>
> The proceedings also interrupted repeatedly by chants and protests from the spectators who were escorted out by police. Tuesday was reserved for opening statements, including one from Kavanaugh.
But Democrats said they had held a planning call ahead of the confirmation hearings to discuss their frustrations over the committee's treatment of documents and resolved to ask to postpone the hearing.>> So one of the discussions yesterday was this whole question of whether this committee is going to hear a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land without access to basic information about his public record.
>> Democrats lack the votes in the committee to force an adjournment, but they have the forum to make their case before the public. Kavanaugh's confirmation was expected to be a showdown. But the fireworks on Tuesday could be just a flicker of the Congressional combat that could come Wednesday, when senators will be able to ask questions of the nominee directly.