Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) confessed that the interruptions occurring during Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing had been planned during several phone calls with Democrat leadership over the weekend.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) asked the committee:
Mr. Chairman, I’m confused because I heard earlier that this was a reaction to the document releases last night, but I’m reviewing a tweet from NBC that said Democrats [who] plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing, sources tell me, and subsequent Dem. leader let a Chuck Schumer led a phone call and committee members are executing now. So, I just want to be clear — none of the members on this committee participated in that phone call — that strategy — before the documents were released yesterday.
Sen. Durbin admitted, “Mr. Chairman, there was a phone conference yesterday and I can tell you at the time of the phone conference many issues were raised.”
Durbin’s admission comes as the contentious confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh gets underway.