President Donald Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face punishing questioning from Democrats this week over his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion.
In the week-long hearings, Kavanaugh's nomination is to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Liberal advocacy groups and others were concerned that Trump's pick could move the already conservative-leaning court more solidly to the right and revisit landmark rulings on abortion access, same-sex marriage and other hot-button issues.
TRT World's North America Correspondent Jon Brain reports from Washington. The Supreme Court has never answered that question, and it is among the most important at Kavanaugh's hearing since Trump could face a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
"As a general proposition I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade", Kavanaugh said.
"Don't tell me there is no such thing as gun violence", he said, describing his family as "broken".
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On one level, their desperation was understandable: A conservative majority could curtail Democrats ability to use an activist court to put through policies they cant win democratically.
Yet the Democratic rage may serve only to throw into a clearer light Kavanaugh's calm, reasoned approach to the law - one focused on the plain language of the Constitution and on precedent.
A Catholic, he has been a US Court of Appeals judge in Washington for the past 11 years. Kavanaugh said the teen could have been able to "consult with" the sponsor as she faced her decision.
"NBC News reported that Democratic members of the committee plotted with minority leaders to disrupt the hearing yesterday", he said.
The vote over Kavanaugh comes at a crucial juncture in the campaign season - and presents a huge risk for Democrats no matter what they do. But Kavanaugh disagreed and wrote a dissenting opinion.
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Because of this modified perspective, Democrats looked to clarify where he'd stand going forward on presidential power.
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch bluntly asked Kavanaugh what loyalty he owes Trump. He has only reportedly made one comment about it, supposedly telling a ME senator that it is "settled law". He said judges should not make decisions based on who people are, but "whether they have the law on their side".
In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh mentioned a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal and a 1954 Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation in public schools.
As a part of the special counsel investigating then-President Bill Clinton, Kavanaugh believed a president could be indicted.
Democrats, including several senators poised for 2020 presidential bids, tried to block the proceedings in a dispute over Kavanaugh records withheld by the White House.
Wednesday was a little calmer, after the opening day on Tuesday quickly became a cacophony of yelling protesters incensed at the choice of Kavanaugh and repeated interruptions by Democratic senators angry at the late disclosure of documents by the White House about the judge's track record.
Republican Senator John Cornyn branded the chaos "mob rule". Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Leahy said, "There are at least six documents that you consider "committee confidential" that are directly related to this".
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"If you love America, stop this travesty!" boomed one woman.