Brett Kavanaugh vows to ‘keep an open mind in every case,’ after chaotic confirmation hearing day


The first day of confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh – President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court – quickly lurched out of control Tuesday with screaming protesters and senators who refused to stick to the 10-minute timeline for their partisan speeches.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, vowed to take charge of the hearings on Wednesday when senators get a chance to start questioning Kavanaugh in a grueling session that is expected to last at least 12 hours.

Earlier Tuesday, protests from Democratic lawmakers and demonstrators delayed the formal start of proceedings by more than an hour. Within moments of Tuesday’s confirmation hearing kickoff, top Democrats tried to sideline the session with a rapid-fire string of objections concerning access to the nominee’s records.