Amy Klobuchar involved in chaotic start to Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS hearing

Democrats immediately demanded an adjournment after 42,000 new documents dropped Monday night.
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The first day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh started with a bang on Tuesday, with Democrats and protesters pushing to delay proceedings.

Some 42,000 documents detailing Kavanaugh's time as a lawyer for former President George W. Bush were released the night before the hearing, having previously been withheld at the request of the White House.

As Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley tried to start proceedings, he was immediately interrupted by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, who said that she and her colleagues have not had sufficient time to review the newly released information prior to the hearings.

Harris' comments were met with cheers from a number of protesters in attendance, some of whom had dressed as characters from "A Handmaid's Tale."

Grassley tried to continue, talking over the interrupting Harris, but several Democrats followed with their own objection and called for adjournments, among them Minnesota's Sen., Amy Klobuchar.

In the early hours of Tuesday, Klobuchar described the release of the papers as the "Monday night document Massacre!"

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"That means you bury your inquiring senators in 42,000 more Kavanaugh documents the night BEFORE the hearing starts," she wrote on Twitter. "I work late and read fast but not even I could read them before we start."

Klobuchar was among the Democrats who joined the calls for a delay in proceedings, noting that the 42,000 documents are among 102,000 that the White House has not released, using executive privilege to block them, something Klobuchar said was unprecedented.

Here's Klobuchar addressing the Senate chamber.

Democratic senators are under pressure from their supporters to delay the SCOTUS nomination as much as possible ahead of the November mid-terms, when the Democratic Party is expected to make significant gains in the House and possibly the Senate.

In a statement before the hearing, President Trump's SCOTUS nominee said that he does not decide his cases "on personal or policy preferences."

"I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge," he said. "I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge."

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