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Kavanaugh: I didn't recognize Parkland dad Fred Guttenberg at hearing

The Supreme Court nominee says, "I would have shaken his hand, talked to him and expressed my sympathy. And I would have listened to him."

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was killed in

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, tries to shake hands with Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court nominee's Senate confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. Photo Credit: AP/Andrew Harnik

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he would have shaken the hand of a man whose daughter was killed in a Florida high school shooting if he had known who the man was.

A photo of Kavanaugh staring at Fred Guttenberg as the Parkland shooting victim's father offered his hand last week went viral. Security detail whisked Kavanaugh away during the encounter, which occurred in a break from the Senate confirmation hearing Sept. 4.

Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee he assumed the man who approached him was a protester. He said if he had known who Guttenberg was, "I would have shaken his hand, talked to him and expressed my sympathy. And I would have listened to him."

Asked by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) whether he asked police to intervene when Guttenberg approached, Kavanaugh wrote, "No."

Kavanagh's explanation was part of a 263-page response late Wednesday to some 1,287 written questions from senators. Guttenberg is originally from East Northport.

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