And the fact that some of these documents were forced out gave the Democrats the chance to point out that they still had not seen more than 90 percent of Kavanaugh's White House documents from the Bush White House.
Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about Trump or commit to stepping aside from any case about the Russian Federation investigation that might come to the Supreme Court.
Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on September 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week.
And Aalayah Eastmond, a senior at a Parkland, Fla., high school where a shooter killed 17 people in February, described how she shielded herself with the lifeless body of another student during the shooting, and how the incident still affects her. Eastmond, like committee Democrats, says Kavanaugh's past decisions indicate he would strike down gun control laws.
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The testimony that also touched on environmental concerns, abortion access, the rights of disabled adults and contraception underscored the sharp partisan divide over the nomination of Kavanaugh, who has been a reliably conservative judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Among the speakers at the press conference was Marcus Sibley, communications director for the state conference of the NAACP, who called Kavanaugh a "danagerous ideologe", Sibley said the NAACP had opposed Kavanaugh when he was fisrt appointed as a federal judge.
Still, Kavanaugh revealed a few things about himself, professionally and personally.
"When a court order requires a president to do something or prohibits a president from doing something under the Constitution or laws of the United States, under our constitutional system, that is the final word", Kavanaugh said. And Kavanaugh said essentially to the author that that was an overstatement.
The disruptions throughout the hearing rankled senators on the Judiciary Committee.
TOTENBERG: Well, I think they finally did basically by releasing some of the documents labeled committee confidential and doing it without the explicit permission of the Republicans.
"We were surprised to learn about Senator Booker's histrionics this morning because we had already told him he could use the documents publicly", Burck said by email.
"Running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate or of the confidentiality of the documents that we are privy to", Cornyn added. Instead, the man of the day is Senator Cory Booker, an unofficial 2020 presidential candidate, and today was his "look at me" moment. And just having the fight probably energized the Democratic base.
Asked about it by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kavanaugh reiterated his previous testimony that "Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court".