Blumenthal Plays Starring Role in Effort to Delay Kavanaugh Hearing, Stop ConfirmationSeptember 6, 2018
The senior senator from Connecticut is one of 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he's playing a central role in Democratic efforts to delay the hearing and stop Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) played a starring role for Senate Democrats in the first two days of the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Blumenthal led a motion to adjourn the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the first day of a four-day hearing for Kavanaugh, because Senate Democrats are unsatisfied with the amount of documents they have received from Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush administration.
A video of part of that exchange was posted to YouTube on Tuesday:
According to an official with the Republican National Committee (RNC), Blumenthal led Senate Democrats in total interruptions of the hearing, with 21 of the 63 interruption (33.3 percent, or one-third of the total).
INTERRUPTIONS SO FAR:
Blumenthal, Richard 21
Booker, Cory 14
Harris, Kamala 9
Hirono, Mazie 8
Klobuchar, Amy 5
Coons, Christopher 2
Leahy, Patrick 2
Whitehouse, Sheldon 2
— Michael Ahrens (@michael_ahrens) September 4, 2018
Then, on Wednesday, Blumenthal questioned Kavanaugh for the first time. Blumenthal’s question-and-answer period was from around 5:30 to around 6:00, and in the 33 minutes Blumenthal was on the clock he spent about two-thirds of the time (21 minutes, or 64 percent) talking. Only one-third of his time (12 minutes, or 36 percent) was spent listening to Kavanuagh’s answers.
Blumenthal spent more than half of his time talking to Kavanaugh and asking him about abortion, and also addressed President Trump, guns, abortion, and Kavanaugh’s rulings on federal agencies.
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