GOP’s Hatch snaps at protesters for ‘insolence’ in Kavanaugh hearing

GOP’s Hatch snaps at protesters for ‘insolence’ in Kavanaugh hearing
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Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah) snapped at protesters who interrupted the first day of hearings for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination on Tuesday, arguing the committee should not have to speak over their "insolence."

"I don't know that the committee should have to put up with the type of insolence taking place in this room today," Hatch said to the committee chairman, as protesters shouted over Hatch's speech supporting Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Hatch referred to one individual as a "loud mouth" and said the person should be removed.

"Mr. Chairman, I think we ought to have this loud mouth removed," Hatch said to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation Trump health official: Controversial drug pricing move is 'top priority' Environmental advocates should take another look at biofuels MORE (R-Iowa), drawing laughter from the committee room. 

Hatch, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, added that "we shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff. I hope she's not a law student."

Protesters continued to interrupt Hatch as he spoke, appearing to be protesting from several different spots in the packed committee room.

"Kavanaugh is not to be trusted to keep an eye on the executive branch," another protester screamed from the back of the room. Hatch raised his voice and continued speaking over the protesters.

He went on to apologize to Kavanaugh for suffering through "nonsense" at the hearing. 

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Another group of protesters chanted "no. No. No" and "show us the records," prompting another round of backlash from Hatch, who appeared visibly annoyed.

Hatch added that the protesters were "so out of line they shouldn't even be allowed into the doggone room."

But Grassley dismissed Hatch's question about protesters, saying he would depend on the Capitol Police to do their job of removing individuals disrupting the hearing.

More than 20 protesters, who were there to criticize Kavanaugh, were arrested earlier in the hearing, according to Capitol Police.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he's broken the rules MORE (D-Vt.), who spoke next, appeared to align himself with Hatch, noting he wouldn't continue speaking if protesters interrupted him.

"I don't care whose side they're on," he added.

-Updated 11:37 a.m.