Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., if he had ever "come across memos from internal files of any Democratic members given to you or provided to you in any way" to which Kavanaugh responded that he had not.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh is expected to move the high court-which already had a conservative majority-further to the right.
The strategy was front-and-center as Kavanaugh's hearing got underway Tuesday, with Democrats immediately calling on the committee to adjourn.
Democrats demanded in vain to see documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Republican former President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2006.
Leahy continued his line of questioning, referring to an email between Miranda and Kavanaugh from 2003 in which Miranda forwarded a draft letter from Leahy and other judiciary Democrats to then Majority Leader Sen.
Cornyn criticized Senate Democrats' "high jinks" after they invoked a rarely enforced rule to shut down Senate floor proceedings at 1:16 p.m.in protest of the confirmation hearings. Harris asked. Kavanaugh said the words were his own.More news: Gay sex decriminalised, Bollywood gives a thumbs up to Supreme Court’s decision
Kavanaugh was the second time in two years that Trump has made a Supreme Court pick.
"Have you discussed [special counsel Robert] Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer?" she asked. He sidestepped their questions, including those asking if a president could be protected from investigation while in office, saying it would be inappropriate to comment on such issues that might come before the Supreme Court if he's appointed.
"When he says, 'It's all about precedent for me, ' I think on some level he's objectively being honest", Clark said by phone Wednesday.
Several dozen protesters, shouting one by one, disrupted the hearing at several points and were removed by police.
Overall, 70 people were arrested Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct on the first day of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate with a 54-45 vote months later. Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republicans even remotely open to voting against Kavanaugh, though neither has said she would do so.More news: Nadal sees off Basilashvili to reach U.S. Open quarters
He said, "I can't give you an answer on that hypothetical question".
The hearing's focus on that issue came amid a widening probe into Russian meddling in USA politics and turmoil within the White House, clouding the presidency of Trump, who is working to get more conservative judges appointed to the federal courts.
Brett Kavanaugh faces four days before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Even as Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, for example, have not voted to overturn Roe, they have narrowly interpreted its breadth and declined to strike down tough state restrictions on abortion. He likened it to another controversial, landmark Supreme Court decision, the Miranda ruling about the rights of criminal suspects. Should a single Republican oppose Kavanaugh, it could throw his confirmation into jeopardy, although there has been little sign that any GOP senator was prepared to buck the president. He said he was "shocked and disappointed".
A heckler interrupts the proceedings during the first day of hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in Washington, on September 4, 2018. He hit the expected notes, invoking the importance of landmark Supreme Court decisions like Brown v. Board of Education - which Senator Kamala Harris had used as in her opening statement as a reason he shouldn't be confirmed - and United States v. Nixon, the unanimous decision that limited the scope of presidential power by ordering then-President Richard Nixon to hand over tape recordings from his White House that ultimately led to his resignation.More news: Colin Kaepernick Is The Powerful New Face Of Nike's Latest Ad Campaign