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 GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit MORE (R-S.C.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs MORE (R-Ohio), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOrrin Hatch Foundation seeking million in taxpayer money to fund new center in his honor Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Utah Senate votes to scale back Medicaid expansion | Virginia abortion bill reignites debate | Grassley invites drug execs to testify | Conservative groups push back on e-cig crackdown MORE (R-Utah) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanAlaska in lockdown over leadership stalemate Bennet gives emotional speech ripping into Cruz over shutdown Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  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 DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (D-Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D-N.D.) all voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee.