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Hours before Brett Kavanaugh arrived for his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Chuck Schumer and frustrated fellow Democratic senators debated staging a mass walkout — or not showing up at all.
For weeks, the party grappled with how to force the release of millions of pages of missing Kavanaugh documents after Republicans spurned their previous attempts. The discussions culminated during a Labor Day conference call: Senators weighed the drastic protest measures but opted against them, worried about what would come next and whether the fallout from a made-for-TV moment would undercut their efforts to defeat the nomination, according to multiple Democratic sources.
The article goes on to state the following:
The strategy session revealed a divide on the Judiciary Committee between its more aggressive, often younger senators and veterans who prefer to adhere to the chamber’s norms. To bridge that gap, Democrats settled on a middle ground: disruption.
They created a spectacle by hijacking the hearing as soon as it started and calling for the committee to adjourn against a backdrop of liberal activists being arrested in protest. At the same time, opposition lawmakers left themselves room to grill Kavanaugh in the coming days by remaining active participants in the high court hearings.
The compromise still injected a dose of drama in an otherwise rote day of partisan opening statements.
“If I thought that there was a way that we could stop the hearings from proceeding, I would participate in that. But the hearings are going to proceed. And therefore, we are there to do our job,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
“We considered a lot of different options yesterday. This was the agreed approach,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It really singles this hearing out as something unusual.”
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 4, 2018
Democrats considered mass walkout from Kavanaugh hearing but settled on disruption: report https://t.co/79mkyfrQaC
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 5, 2018
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