UPI Pictures of the Year 2018 -- WASHINGTON POLITICS

UPI Pictures of the Year 2018 -- WASHINGTON POLITICS

Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to be the next Supreme Court associate justice, delivers his opening statement on the first day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on September 4, 2018. Judge Kavanaugh was nominated to fill the seat of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who announced his retirement in June. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI