But Kavanaugh's nomination languished for three years, as Democrats fumed over his participation in Bush's recount team.
He also stressed that while he ultimately sided with the Trump administration, he also "made clear [the transfer to a sponsor] had to happen very quickly", and "specifically said the government can not use this as a ruse to somehow prevent the abortion" entirely.
Kavanaugh said he followed Supreme Court precedent, but Durbin disagreed.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said they would have had to read 7,000 pages an hour overnight just to review the files shared on Monday evening. "So sad to see!"
"What we've heard is the noise of democracy". Security personnel removed dozens of demonstrators from the room.
Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the first day of the new Supreme Court term, October 1.
"What are we trying to hide?" Sen.
"Sen. Chuck Grassley could barely start the hearing by saying "Good Morning" before Democratic senators started interrupting him".
Inside the hearing, protesters shouted out, and Democrats immediately demanded the hearing be stalled until thousands of documents from Kavanaugh's time as a Bush-era White House lawyer are reviewed.
The quick adjournment allows Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley to continue his panel's hearing for as long as he would like on Wednesday.
Aretha Franklin’s funeral fit for a queen
She was carried in a gleaning casket plated in 24-karat gold. " Aretha never took orders from nobody but God". He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone.
Republicans hold a one-vote majority in the Senate. Richard Blumenthal of CT asked that the hearing be canceled. Kavanaugh has an extensive political background, including work for the President George W. Bush White House.
Senate Democrats have vowed a fierce fight.
The decision to hide a significant portion of Judge Kavanaugh's White House record-announced on the eve of his confirmation hearing for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court-is deeply concerning.
Addressing some of those concerns, Kavanaugh said that "the first thing that makes a good judge is independence, not being swayed by political or public pressure", He cited historic court cases including Brown v. Board of Education that desegregated schools and US v. Nixon that compelled the president to turn over the Watergate tapes - a ruling that Kavanaugh had previously questioned. While he said he had no inkling his name would come up at the hearing, he said it was not entirely unexpected given that Democrats have for years complained about his access to the documents. The change could make the court more conservative on a range of issues. If I've crossed the line of what I should say, then I'm not going to have an open mind in that case. "We shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff". But the Democratic frustrations that boiled over on September 4 had been simmering for more than two years.
"I don't decide cases based on personal or policy preferences", Kavanaugh said in his opening remarks, adding, "I am a pro-law judge".
In citing examples of judicial independence, Kavanaugh lauded a 1974 ruling ordering President Richard Nixon to hand over subpoenaed materials during the Watergate scandal and a 1954 Supreme Court ruling ending racial segregation in public schools.
"I owe my loyalty to the Constitution", Kavanaugh responded, holding up his tattered copy of the document.
The full court denied the petition to rehear the case.
"I've been very interested in your thinking on assault weapons", Feinstein told Kavanaugh. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that he believes Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, is "settled law", in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, he appeared to suggest that he thinks it was wrongly decided.
The judge already faced questions about impeachment from Sen.
Kavanaugh declined to comment on how he would approach a challenge to a part of the Obamacare health law that bars insurers from declining coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, The issue is the subject of a lawsuit pending in Texas.