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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.
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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.
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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.
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You're out of order.>> Mr Chairman, I appeal to be recognized on your sense of decency and integrity.>>
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> 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.
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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.
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>> 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.