❝ As the room broke for lunch during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a man approached the judge from behind and was able to get his attention. Kavanaugh turned to look at the man, who later identified himself on social media as Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting in February, as he stuck out his right hand. He appeared to say, “My daughter was murdered at Parkland.”
Kavanaugh gave the man a look but declined to shake his hand. It is not clear whether he heard Guttenberg’s introduction, though the two were standing within a few feet of each other. Another man, who a White House spokesman later said was a security guard, had come to Guttenberg’s side by that point.
❝ The interaction was captured on camera — both in an arresting photograph shot by the Associated Press and multiple video cameras recording from different angles. And it quickly began to circulate on social media, an instant visual artifact trending as a stand-in for a politically complex and emotionally intense moment in American history.
Fred Guttenberg was very clear in the interview I watched. Because this move on someone, whether a public official or an ordinary American within the context of discussions on violence and gun control, is something Fred does often. It’s how he starts a discussion of the tragedy of the murder of his daughter.
It was clear to him, Kavanaugh made his decision in an instant to refuse to shake his hand. That’s OK, I guess. I wouldn’t shake Kavanaugh’s hand. Not certain I could ever get it clean again.
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President Trump has long derided the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people” and lashed out at NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem. On Tuesday, he took his attacks on free speech one step further, suggesting in an interview with a conservative news site that the act of protesting should be illegal.
Trump made the remarks in an Oval Office interview with the Daily Caller hours after his Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, was greeted by protests on the first day of his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-suggests-protesting-should-be-illegal-13204992.php
“Newly Released Emails Show Brett Kavanaugh May Have Perjured Himself at Least Four Times” https://www.thedailybeast.com/newly-released-emails-show-brett-kavanaugh-may-have-perjured-himself-at-least-four-times “Formerly confidential emails have been released that show the Supreme Court nominee contradicting statements he made under oath to the Senate.”
Bob Woodward was prepared to unmask Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings as an anonymous source for a book the Watergate icon wrote more than 20 years ago but was talked out of it by the Washington Post’s top editor, The New York Times reported on Monday. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/504980-bob-woodward-talked-out-of-exposing-brett-kavanaugh-as-anonymous-source-by
Woodward was reportedly set to expose Kavanaugh as an anonymous source for his 1999 book “Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate.” At the time the book was being written, Kavanaugh served as a lawyer on independent counsel Ken Starr’s team in its investigation of President Clinton.
The article, described by two Post journalists who read it, would have been explosive, arriving as the nominee battled a decades-old sexual assault allegation and was fighting to prove his integrity. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/28/business/media/martin-baron-washington-post.html
The FBI disclosed that it received more than 4,500 tips on a phone line in 2018 as part of a background investigation into then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and provided “relevant” ones to former President Donald Trump’s White House counsel. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/22/politics/fbi-kavanaugh-ford-investigation/index.html
The exact number of tips was disclosed in a June 30 letter released by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Thursday. The letter was in response to a two-year-old request from Senate Democrats seeking more information about the handling of the investigation. http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2021/images/07/22/20210630.fbi.response.to.sen.whitehouse.sen.coons.pdf