Washington - A heated session is expected Tuesday as lawmakers from the upper chamber of the US Congress hold a hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
The Senate is expected to grill Kavanaugh, who will likely shift the divided court to the conservative members' favour.
Opposition Democrats and liberals fear his vote could affect rulings on hot-button topics like abortion, gun control, campaign finance laws and other issues that regularly come before the court.
Democrats last week accused the White House of blocking the full release of some 100,000 documents from Kavanaugh's time working for the government, including as lawyer for former president George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks.
"What are they trying so desperately to hide?" leading Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer asked on Friday.