Protesters interrupt Kavanaugh confirmation hearing for second day

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He condemned the spate of United States school shootings, but defended an opinion he wrote questioning whether semi-automatic rifles could be banned.

Authorities arrested 70 on Tuesday at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The judge left unanswered questions over how he would handle investigations of the executive branch and whether he would recuse himself if cases involving Trump under special counsel Robert Mueller's probe end up at the court.

The 30-second spot features Kavanaugh "in his own words" and will air for two weeks across major cable networks including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, all of which have been broadcasting portions of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

"I think it's really important that people-as well as the judge, the nominee-understand how strongly we feel and why we feel that way", Feinstein said, according to The Journal.

The president's comment followed the statements of Democratic senators who warned that Trump was, in the words of Sen.

It all might be moot, as the Judiciary Committee cleared the racial profiling document as part of 93 pages the committee officially released by the committee after the Booker-Cornyn exchange. But he said the Supreme Court had affirmed it in subsequent cases.

Klobuchar asked him about an article he wrote for the University of Minnesota Law Review, making the argument that a sitting president may not be investigated or charged. Kavanaugh promised a "completely open mind" if such issues came before him as a judge.

Senate Democrats have vowed a tough fight to block Kavanaugh. Booker did so despite threats from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) to expel him from the body.

As they did the day before, a succession of shouting protesters interrupted the session, opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, before being removed by security personnel.

Under George W Bush, he served as deputy White House counsel and, from 2003-06, as Mr Bush's staff secretary. "I don't live in a bubble".

Liberals are concerned Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn the 1973 abortion ruling.

Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and US v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. "Casey is precedent on precedent".

Asked about that document, Kavanaugh said he suggested the change because he thought the draft language was overstating the thinking of legal scholars at the time. "I did not take any constitutional position on the issues you're raising", Kavanaugh said.

Democrats say they have considerable misgivings about Kavanaugh's pledge to be nonpartisan, saying he has a history of conservative political activism.

But handguns and other semi-automatic weapons are also used for hunting and self-defence, he added. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate conservative who was a swing vote on the court.

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