Republican Senator Rand Paul supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Republican Senator Rand Paul supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Republican Senator Rand Paul supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee finally met with a Democrat on Monday, as Senator Joe Manchin bucked his party and welcomed Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill.

Manchin wrote on Twitter that it had been a productive meeting but he was undecided. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), one of three Democrats who supported Neil Gorsuch previous year for the Supreme Court.

Republican strategists tell Fox News that if the West Virginia Democratic senator votes "no" on the Supreme Court nominee, he upsets voters, but if he votes 'yes, ' he upsets donors.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavnaugh arriving for his meeting with West Virginia Democratic Sen. No date has been set yet for Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings that may go past Labor Day and closer to the November 6 congressional election.

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The other two GOP Senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski seem reasonably well disposed towards Kavanaugh. Groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America and the American Civil Liberties Union are running ads in their home states, seeking to sway their votes to "no". John McCain's absence may cut the majority to 50.

Meanwhile, Judge Kavanaugh's march to confirmation advanced Monday when Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his support.

Manchin was one of three Democrats to support Gorsuch, along with Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

"And I think, frankly, it's not necessary in Democrats' interest to do that, because it's going to postpone this until even closer to the election, which I'm not sure they want".

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While many Senate Democrats have refused to meet the judge until Republicans agree to release documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House, Manchin has promised to give him "a fair and thorough examination".

Republicans have a 51-49 advantage, but Republican Sen. Kavanaugh has been serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006 and previously served as staff secretary to Bush from 2003 to 2006.

The public is also split on the preferred timing for Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, with 33 percent saying the Senate should consider him this fall, and 31 percent preferring that they wait until after the midterm elections on November 6.

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