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Parkland Dad Fred Guttenberg Claims Kavanaugh Snubbed Him At SCOTUS Hearing

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WASHINGTON D.C. (CBSMiami) – Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing for the Supreme Court began Tuesday morning with plenty of partisan bickering but it was the lunch break exit by Kavanaugh that has some wondering whether he intentionally snubbed the handshake of Fred Guttenberg, father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.

Fred Guttenberg (L), father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, tries to shake hands with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he leaves for lunch break during Tuesday's confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Guttenberg is attending the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as a guest of Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Guttenberg wrote on Twitter the snub came as Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called for a half hour recess.

"Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended," Guttenberg wrote on Twitter. "Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg's dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away. I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence."

In video of the exchange, Guttenberg can be seen reaching out to shake Kavanaugh's hand as the Supreme Court nominee stood up to walk out of the room for recess. Kavanaugh stops briefly to listen to Guttenberg and then turns away.



Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed on Twitter that security intervened before Kavanaugh had a chance to respond to Guttenberg. Shah posted on Twitter, "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."

Guttenberg fired back at Raj Shah and replied on Shah's Twitter account, "Incorrect. I was here all day and introduced by Senator Feinstein. No security involved. He turned and walked away."

Guttenberg has been pushing for increased gun control measures ever since his daughter became one of 17 people killed in the Feb. 14 Parkland school massacre.


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