Kavanaugh preparing for protesters at his hearings during mock drills: report

Kavanaugh preparing for protesters at his hearings during mock drills: report
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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is reportedly participating in a series of rigorous mock hearings that feature protesters as he prepares for his confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court next week. 

Politico reported that the mock sessions have featured aides role-playing key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including mimicking their style of questioning. The mock hearing room is also meant to resemble the actual Senate hearing, with dais, microphones and a clock timing his responses.

They have even featured fake protesters to ensure Kavanaugh does not lose his cool should there by an outburst in the middle of the session, according to Politico.

Kavanaugh, who worked in the George W. Bush administration and helped write the Starr report on former President Clinton, is facing what is likely to be a contentious confirmation hearing, as multiple Democrats have already said they would not support his ascension to the Supreme Court. 

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Kavanaugh, who serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, has reached out the network he’s amassed over his career for help with the mock hearings, Politico also reported. 

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation MORE (R-S.C.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments MORE (R-Ohio), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTimeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske MORE (R-Utah) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanSwing votes steal spotlight in marathon Trump impeachment Q&A Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa MORE (R-Alaska) have all pitched in to help Kavanaugh. The White House is also setting up two war rooms, one near where the committee will hold the hearing and another in Vice President Pence’s Senate office. 

Opening statements in his confirmation hearing will begin Tuesday, after which Kavanaugh will undergo two full days of questioning. A panel of outside witnesses will then testify about the nominee on Friday.

Republicans have nearly no margin for error, holding a 50-49 majority in the Senate. If no Democrats vote for Kavanaugh, any one Republican could sink the nomination. 

However, ten Senate Democrats are up for reelection this year in states Trump won, and some could vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle Watchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world MORE (D-Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Manchin not ruling out endorsing Trump reelection MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSusan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE (D-N.D.) all voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee.