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 GrahamBarr to allow some lawmakers to review less-redacted Mueller report as soon as next week Collins backs having Mueller testify The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report MORE (R-S.C.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP senator wears shirt honoring Otto Warmbier at Korean DMZ On The Money: Conservatives rally behind Moore for Fed | White House interviewing other candidates | Trump, Dems spar on Tax Day | Budget watchdogs bemoan 'debt denialism' The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Ohio), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchHatch warns 'dangerous' idea of court packing could hurt religious liberty Former Democratic aide pleads guilty to doxing GOP senators attending Kavanaugh hearing How do we prevent viral live streaming of New Zealand-style violence? MORE (R-Utah) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott Sullivan Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Republicans defend McCain amid Trump attacks Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget 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 DonnellySome in GOP fear Buttigieg run for governor Paul Ryan joins University of Notre Dame faculty GOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care MORE (D-Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Cain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed Pro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPro-trade groups enlist another ex-Dem lawmaker to push for Trump's NAFTA replacement Pro-trade group targets 4 lawmakers in push for new NAFTA Biden office highlights support from women after second accuser comes forward MORE (D-N.D.) all voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee.