"No one is above the law in our system of justice", Kavanaugh said, describing the court's 1974 decision ordering President Richard Nixon to turn over White House tapes incriminating him in the coverup of the Watergate burglary as one of the four greatest Supreme Court decisions of all time, "a moment of judicial independence".
Guttenberg is attending the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein.
In another consequential exchange, Kavanaugh would not say if a president was legally obligated to comply with a subpoena.
Kavanaugh also said he was unaware of the domestic violence allegations against Rob Porter, who was President Donald Trump's staff secretary.
"I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question", Kavanaugh said.
Irked by a protester who interrupted him, Sen.
But Leahy said that based on emails given to the Senate Judiciary Committee before the hearing, there is new evidence that Kavanaugh was aware of the stolen information. Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.
Trump campaigned on a promise to nominate pro-life judges and justices, and Democrats worry that Kavanaugh will seek to roll back abortion rights if he wins the backing of a straight majority in the 100-member Senate.
Republicans have said Democrats have more than enough documents to assess Kavanaugh's record, which include documents pertaining to his 12 years of judicial opinions as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and USA v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned.
Liberals are concerned that Kavanaugh could provide a decisive fifth vote on the nine-justice court to overturn or weaken Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide.
One such case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, established what Kavanaugh called "precedent on precedent".
National Review's David French explains that "a number of Democrats are well aware that if an assault-weapons-ban case is heard by the Supreme Court, then the "common use for lawful purpose" standard is likely going to dictate the case".
"I don't live in a bubble, I live in the real world", said the judge, who sits on the US Court of Appeals in Washington. Kavanaugh considered the judge a friend and mentor and Kozinski testified at Kavanaugh's 2006 confirmation hearing to be an appellate judge. Asked whether he knew anything about the allegations before they became public, Kavanaugh responded: "nothing".
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When the disruptions continued, Kavanaugh asked Grassley, "Should I proceed?"
Trump picked Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27. But that may not preclude him from joining the court's other conservatives in restricting its scope by upholding abortion restrictions enacted in conservative states.
A man whose daughter died in the Stoneman Douglas shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday's confirmation hearing. He said his views did shift after the September 11, 2001, attacks but his ideas about revisiting the special counsel law were merely suggestions.
"They were ideas of Congress to consider, they were not my constitutional views", he said of the article.
"I'm not thinking of any right now, senator", Kavanaugh responded. "We know there's so much more to your job than that".
"The Democrats are focused on procedural issues because they don't have substantive points strong enough to derail this nomination", said Sen. "I do not believe that's consistent" with the way prior nominations have been handled.
"I think the other side is really grasping at straws", Trump said during an Oval Office appearance earlier Wednesday afternoon. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) questioned Kavanaugh about a case related to abortion.
Vermont's senior senator accused the judge of being aware of emails stolen from Leahy and other Democrats from 2001 to 2003 and having knowledge of the warrantless surveillance of United States citizens that went into effect in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
The Daily Mail says that Piper Perabo was arrested for civil disobedience and escorted out of the hearing room by police who grabbed her by the arm.
Trump jumped into the fray Tuesday, saying on Twitter that Democrats were "looking to inflict pain and embarrassment" on Kavanaugh.
The wide-ranging testimony underscored the potential for Kavanaugh's nomination to shape the supreme court and the decisions before it for decades to come.
Republicans hold a one-vote Senate majority.