White House Holding Mock Hearings For Kavanaugh With Fake Protesters

on August 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: Judge Brett Kavanaugh (C) leaves the offices of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) following a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill August 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pr... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 23: Judge Brett Kavanaugh (C) leaves the offices of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) following a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill August 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump's pick to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh is meeting with Republican and Democratic senators ahead of his September confirmation hearing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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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.

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