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Facebook’s Joel Kaplan watched Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing

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Joel Kaplan watches Brett
Kavanaugh’s hearing.

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One of Facebook’s most senior executives spent Thursday watching
Brett Kavanaugh’s dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary
Committee.

Joel Kaplan, vice president for US public policy at Facebook, sat
prominently among the onlookers throughout Kavanaugh’s testimony,
as the judge sought to dispel accusations he sexually assaulted
Christine Blasey Ford.

New York Times reporter Mike Isaac was among those who spotted
Kaplan, who was said to be there in a personal capacity and not
on Facebook duty. He declined to comment when approached by
Business Insider reporter Joe Perticone following the hearing.

The exact reason he was in the gallery is not clear, but the pair
do have history. Kaplan served as deputy chief of staff for
policy under President George W. Bush between 2006 and 2009.

He was in the front row when Kavanaugh was sworn in as judge to
the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in June
2016. Kaplan is sat second from the right in the Getty image
embedded below.

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