WASHINGTON Supreme Court candidate
had its first meeting with a Senate Key Democrat on Monday as Republicans and their allies stepped up pressure on their most vulnerable opponents for reelection in GOP-leaning states.
Judge Kavanaugh spent about two hours on Capitol Hill behind closed doors
Senator Joe Manchin,
a West Virginia Democrat candidate for re-election in a state president
won in the 201
So far, other Senate Democrats have refused to meet with Candidate for Justice Minister Anthony Kennedy's resignation for wanting a commitment from Republican senators to publish tens of thousands of pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh's career before joining agreed to participate in the bipartisan courtesy sessions that are a traditional part of a Supreme Court nomination.
Last week, Mr. Manchin bucked his party and announced that he would meet with Judge Kavanaugh. Mr. Manchin is also one of the few Senate Democrats in favor of supporting Judge Kavanaugh, despite a fierce campaign by progressive activists that called on the Senate to nominate Mr. Trump's case lawyer for issues such as campaign finance and labor law reject abortion rights and corporate power.
"I think it is irresponsible to announce your position a few minutes after the announcement of the candidate," Mr. Manchin said in a statement after the meeting. "I will not make a final decision on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh until I have completed a thorough and fair examination of his candidacy."
Republicans and their allies are conducting their own pressure campaign to win the wavering Democrats for supporting a nominee candidate who is highly qualified and mainstream. Other Democratic goals in the Senate include
from North Dakota,
from Indiana and
from Florida. Conservative groups have aired ads against the trio, prompting them to assist Judge Kavanaugh.
"Sen. Manchin must stop blaming and support President Trump's Supreme Court candidate," he said
West Virginia's Republican Attorney General, who fights against Mr. Manchin in November.
"The men and women of West Virginia can not rely on Sen. Manchin to be courageous and support Kavanaugh now, instead they can count on Sen. Manchin to make political censorship once the outcome is decided" Mr Morrisey said.
Mr. Manchin, along with Ms. Heitkamp and Mr. Donnelly, crossed the party lines last year to confirm Mr. Trump's former candidate in court,
But this time, the stakes are much higher for Democrats. Judge Gorsuch followed the delay
a reliable conservative vote on the court. Judge Kavanaugh would fill in the place vacated by Judge Kennedy, which is considered a swing vote.
Republicans in Congress are anxious to capitalize on the void, seeing a unique opportunity to move the court in a more conservative direction.
On the republican side, only two senators are still considered possible swing voices. Sens.
from Alaska and
Maine both support abortion rights and have said that they want to be clear about Judge Kavanaugh's position on this matter before committing to support him.
Republicans now control only 50 votes in the Senate, with
Senator John McCain
(R., Ariz.) Absent in the Senate while undergoing brain tumor treatment. Any republican apostasy can derail a Senate vote if the Democrats unite as a bloc.
Judge Kavanaugh continued to support his Republican support on Monday after Kentucky Sen.
endorsed his nomination. Mr. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky with a libertarian line who occasionally defies his party's major votes, had expressed concerns over Judge Kavanaugh's views on civil liberties and privacy and suggested that he should not support the candidate.
But after meeting last week, Mr Paul said he would support Judge Kavanaugh, who is President Trump's election to fill the seat of the Supreme Court, which will be left by retirement
"Nobody will ever fully agree with a candidate (unless you are the candidate)," wrote Paul on Twitter . "Each candidate, however, must be judged by his totality."
"My conversation with Judge Kavanaugh affirms my conviction that he will review cases before the Supreme Court from a textual and original point of view, and I believe he will carefully follow the Constitution and his duty to take individual freedom seriously. take it seriously, "wrote Mr. Paul on Twitter.
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