Protesters and lawyers alike flooded the committee room for the second day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings on Wednesday, all to watch as President Donald Trump’s choice for the high court faced a grilling from U.S. senators on a smattering of hot-button issues.

As Kavanaugh fielded a volley of questions, from his views on abortion rights to presidential immunity, a who’s-who crowd of Washington, D.C., attorneys filled rows of seats behind him. The sea of familiar faces—some vehemently opposing his nomination and others publicly backing him—underscored the high stakes and partisanship that’s come with Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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