The confirmation hearings for President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, got off to a rocky start Tuesday. Led by California Sen. Kamala Harris, committee Democrats cited the White House's invocation of broad executive privilege to block the release of some 100,000 documents from Kavanaugh's record, as well as the provision of 42,000 pages just hours before the hearings began, to call for the hearings to be adjourned. Kavanaugh's views on abortion rights, gun rights, executive powers, campaign finance laws, and regulation are all expected to be scrutinized; pro-choice protesters also interrupted the hearing's opening. This will be the first confirmation hearing after Senate Republicans ended the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, meaning Kavanaugh is likely to be confirmed.

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