Confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were to kick off in a politically charged Senate Tuesday morning, as a late-night release of tens of thousands of documents related to his time in the George W. Bush White House led to another Democratic call for a delay in the process.
“A good judge must be an umpire—a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy…” Kavanaugh was expected to say, according to excerpts of his opening statement released Tuesday morning. “I don’t decide cases based on personal or policy preferences.”
The statement was to include praise for Merrick Garland, the Obama high court nominee whom Republicans did not grant a Senate hearing, with Kavanaugh calling him a “superb chief judge” and, along with the rest of the judges he serves with “a colleague and a friend.”
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