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Washington (CNN)Senate Democrats disrupted the start of the Judiciary Committee hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday morning.

Sens. Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, Kamala Harris and others interrupted Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s attempt to launch the hearing, repeatedly decrying what they say are missing documents and emails from Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer from stacks released this summer. An additional 42,000 documents were released Monday night.
President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee is poised to succeed swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, the conservative-centrist who joined with liberals in some key decisions to uphold abortion rights. Kennedy was also the decisive vote for same-sex marriage and university affirmative action.
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A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said that as of 10:19am EST, 22 individuals have been arrested so far this morning. They have been charged with disorderly conduct.

At least half a dozen more protesters were removed from the hearing room since then. Police say they will update the count at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, the White House is apparently tallying the number of times Democrats have interrupted the hearing.-The Guardian 

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The Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh devolved into chaos nearly as soon as it began on Tuesday, with Democratic senators talking over Republican committee chair Chuck Grassley and protesters shouting inside the room for lawmakers stop the hearing and vote “no.”-VOX

 

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