WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (WBZ-AM/24/7 NewsSource) --- Senators are weighing-in on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In a confirmation hearing Tuesday, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch called Kavanaugh a highly qualified nominee who should enjoy bipartisan support.
Hatch rejected claims by some Democrats that Kavanaugh is a conservative ideologue or extremist. He said the veteran federal judge is well within the judicial mainstream. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein expressed concerns about how Kavanaugh would vote on cases involving abortion, gun control and LGBT rights.
President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was often a swing vote on the closely-divided high court and Kavanaugh is generally seen as more conservative than Kennedy.
The hearings got off to a wild start as Democrats demanded more access to scores of records and documents from Kavanaugh's past. Dems tried to delay the hearings but were overruled by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Grassley accused Dems of attempting to overtake the hearings with "mob rule." Meantime, numerous protesters have been forcibly removed from the hearing room.
You can watch the confirmation hearings in the video player above.
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