The White House is helping Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prepare for the worst case scenarios during his confirmation hearings next week, including holding mock hearings and staging fake protests, Politico reported.
A White House official told Politico that Kavanaugh has brought in his former clerks, lawyers, the Federalist Society and Republican senators — Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rob Portman R-OH), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AL) — to help prepare the nominee for the conditions of the upcoming hearing.
The aides have been mimicking the rapid-fire line of questioning they anticipate from Democratic lawmakers, copying their style and tone to help Kavanaugh know how to respond.
The White House is also assembling two “war rooms,” as Politico calls them, in the Senate building, one near the committee room and one in Vice President Mike Pence’s Senate office. Both will be filled with staffers and administration officials to help respond to any surprises, a White House official told Politico.
The Judiciary Committee will launch the confirmation process with opening statements on Tuesday, with two full days of questioning on Wednesday and Thursday.