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 GrahamGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw Kavanaugh: 'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing' MORE (R-S.C.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE (R-Ohio), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw Hatch: Second Kavanaugh allegation is 'phony' MORE (R-Utah) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Spotlight shifts to Kavanaugh ahead of hearings GOP senator: Trump firing Sessions wouldn't be 'politically wise' 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 DonnellyThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Doug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos GOP plays defense on ObamaCare’s pre-existing conditions Doug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampHeitkamp highlights anti-human trafficking bill in new ad Midterm polling data favors Democrats — in moderation This week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos MORE (D-N.D.) all voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee.