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McConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell to meet with Trump’s Supreme Court pick Tuesday Kavanaugh offers lengthy judicial record ahead of bitter confirmation fight Hundreds protest Kavanaugh’s nomination outside Supreme Court MORE (R-Ky.) is set to meet with Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell to meet with Trump’s Supreme Court pick Tuesday Kavanaugh offers lengthy judicial record ahead of bitter confirmation fight Hundreds protest Kavanaugh’s nomination outside Supreme Court MORE‘s new Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday as he begins to build support on Capitol Hill.
Kavanaugh will meet with McConnell and Vice President Pence at 11:15 a.m., according to guidance released by the White House late Monday evening.
The meeting comes after Trump announced on Monday night that he would nominate Kavanaugh — currently a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
McConnell’s meeting marks the beginning of Kavanaugh’s Capitol Hill charm offensive as he works to lock down the simple majority needed for his confirmation.
Kavanaugh said during his remarks at the White House that he would begin meeting with senators on Tuesday.
“I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic,” Kavanaugh said.
He added that if confirmed he would “keep an open mind in every case and … always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.”
Because Supreme Court nominees now only need a simple majority to be confirmed, Republicans could approve his nomination without help from Democrats if they remain united.
But he said in a statement on Monday night that Kavanaugh’s tenure on the D.C. circuit “has proven to be a profound disappointment.”
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