The first day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped Tuesday, as Republicans aim to swiftly confirm President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee and Democrats demand more answers and more time.
On Tuesday, senators made speeches about their beliefs on Kavanaugh -- and the state of American democracy -- with only introductory remarks from Kavanaugh. The nominee said the Supreme Court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution."
Questioning will begin Wednesday morning. The hearing process is expected to be grueling, as Democrats insist on obtaining and reviewing more records from Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush administration, and question whether he believes a sitting president can be indicted. After receiving a batch dump of over 40,000 documents the night before, Senate Democrats held up the first day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Committee. Democrats including Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Richard Blumenthal repeatedly called for motions to adjourn the hearing, citing insufficient access to documents to better review Kavanaugh's fitness for the Supreme Court bench.