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Parkland dad describes Kavanaugh interaction

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a slain Parkland student, said he tried to approach Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh only for the judge to ignore him. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah addressed the moment on Twitter, saying, "Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened."

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 12:24 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 12:36 PM

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a slain Parkland student, said he had approached Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing Tuesday in an attempt to appeal to him "as a dad," but when he extended his hand he was ignored by the judge.

"I simply said, 'Hi, my name is Fred Guttenberg, I'm the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland,' " Guttenberg told Kate Bolduan on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "As soon as I got to the 'murdered in Parkland,' that's when you saw him turn and move and walk the other way."

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah addressed the moment on Twitter earlier Tuesday, saying, "As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him. Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened." He added that video "clearly shows security intervened" when Kavanaugh was approached.

A source familiar with the encounter said Kavanaugh did not know who Guttenberg was and that security intervened to end the exchange before there could even be a handshake. The source said Kavanaugh's security detail quickly stepped in because they did not know who the person was.

Guttenberg attended the confirmation hearing as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, who introduced him at the hearing.

"I don't go home to my complete family anymore -- my daughter was killed -- and I am really concerned about how he is going to rule on certain things that matter a lot to me," Guttenberg told CNN, "because I don't want to see other families go through what we've gone through."

"We actually passed gun safety after what happened in Parkland," Guttenberg said, and then "the NRA filed a lawsuit. These lawsuits are going to end up in front of a Justice Kavanaugh."

He said that based on Kavanaugh's prior statements and rulings, unfortunately, "we can predict how he's going to rule," but that his hope Tuesday was to tell the Supreme Court nominee: "I hope you change your stance."

"I hope you can be part of making sure no other parent has to feel the way I do," Guttenberg said he wanted to tell the judge, "because we can fix this."

"I'm concerned that he won't be that person," Guttenberg said. "But he's a father, and I was hoping to appeal to that."

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