Manchin is first Democratic senator to meet with Kavanaugh

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The endorsement gives Kavanaugh a boost as he prepares to sit down Monday afternoon with Sen. Two Republicans who support abortion rights - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - say they have yet to decide how they'll vote.

Trump's fellow Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority, leaving them little margin for error. But Democrats have accused Republicans of improperly concealing a significant portion of his White House tenure that could provide insight into how the nominee advised Bush on several contentious issues that occurred during that administration.

Barrasso said that he looks forward to the Senate confirmation hearings, which have yet to be scheduled.

That's similar to the results of the HuffPost/YouGov survey taken just after Trump's July 9 announcement of the nomination, which found Americans split on Kavanaugh ― 33 percent favored his confirmation, 31 percent were opposed and 36 percent were undecided.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavnaugh arriving for his meeting with West Virginia Democratic Sen.

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- Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 30, 2018Finally, his strong defenses of the First and Second Amendments in landmark cases show someone who isn't afraid to challenge the status quo and will fight with backbone.

But Republicans argue the staff secretary documents aren't useful because Kavanaugh's job wasn't to provide his own advice but to ensure others' views were presented to the president.

Jones said the one concern he has is getting documents out of the White House.

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Manchin has said he regrets backing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and hinted that he could support President Trump's re-election in 2020.

Paul's vote is a crucial one in determining the success of Kavanaugh's nomination. "I would say it's not a high-priority use of time".

Kavanaugh also said that during his tenure they started weekly meetings with Bush and a few others to discuss speeches. Instead, he issued his own request to the National Archives staff at the George W. Bush Presidential Library that doesn't include Kavanaugh's three years as White House staff secretary under Bush. Reviewing the documents would be a "waste of time" and taxpayers' money, he said.

"Over the last two weeks, West Virginians have contacted me more than 8,000 times with their opinions on Judge Kavanaugh and the questions they have for him, and when I met with him today, I asked him several of their questions", Mr. Manchin said in a statement after the meeting.

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