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Donnelly Secretly Tapes Kavanaugh Meeting for Advertising, Blocks Press from Filming

Yesterday, Senator Joe Donnelly met with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and insisted that no cameras would be allowed inside, but secretly taped the meeting to generate footage to possibly be used in advertising for political gain.

“Career politician Joe Donnelly blocked cameras from his meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, but that didn’t stop him from secretly filming the meeting so his buddy Chuck Schumer and other liberals could use the footage for political ads,”said Mike Braun spokesman Josh Kelley. “This behavior reaffirms that Donnelly will vote for Kavanaugh once his confirmation is secured, and his taxpayer-funded office creating footage for campaign ads borders on serious ethical issues.”

BACKGROUND:

Indianapolis Fox affiliate reports that no cameras were allowed into Donnelly’s office. “Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly met with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Wednesday, the second Democrat to do so ahead of his confirmation hearing next month. No cameras were allowed inside Donnelly’s office. His staff released a picture after the meeting.” ( Fox 59 , 08/15/18) 

There were no images or video available from Donnelly’s meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. “No such images emerged from Wednesday’s meetings …” ( Washington Times , 08/15/18)

After pressure from Mike Braun, Democrat Joe Donnelly will meet with Brett Kavanaugh in two weeks. “Sen. Joe Donnelly plans to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Aug. 15 … Braun on Tuesday took credit for pressuring Donnelly to meet with Kavanaugh, saying in a statement that Donnelly caved to pressure from his campaign. ‘While I strongly support this nomination,’ Braun said, ‘I have no doubt Donnelly will wait until the liberal wing of his party gives him permission to support Judge Kavanaugh.’” ( The Indianapolis Star , 07/24/18)

Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer has told his liberal caucus, including Donnelly, to keep his powder dry on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. “Now Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer faces the monumental task of defeating Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and he’s counting on Manchin and a half-dozen other vulnerable Democrats to keep any hint that they might support the high court nominee to themselves. ‘All Chuck ever says in caucus [meetings], it’s pretty well known: ‘Keep your powder dry. Don’t commit. Stay as neutral as you can, as long as you can,’’ said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)” (Inside Democrats’ strategy to defeat Kavanaugh, POLITICO , 07/30/18)