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‘Productive,’ ‘Thorough’: What 2 Senate Dems Are Saying About Their Kavanaugh Meetings

Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp appeared satisfied with their meetings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

By NTK Staff | 08.16.2018 @10:45am
‘Productive,’ ‘Thorough’: What 2 Senate Dems Are Saying About Their Kavanaugh Meetings

Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) became the second and third Senate Democrats to meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday, and both seemed to come away satisfied with their meetings.

Donnelly said he “had a wide-ranging conversation and productive meeting with Judge Kavanaugh.”

“I had a wide-ranging conversation and productive meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. This was an important opportunity to sit down and talk in-depth with Judge Kavanaugh about: his record; experience working in the Bush Administration and serving on the federal bench; and views on the role of the Supreme Court as well as on a range of issues including precedent, health care, and judicial independence.”

Heitkamp said she “had a thorough and substantive discussion” with Kavanaugh.

“Today, Judge Kavanaugh and I had a thorough and substantive discussion about the importance of the rule of law, precedent, ethical standards at the U.S. Supreme Court, reaching more consensus on the Court, and avoiding activism from the bench so the Court is shielded from politics. I learned more about his judicial record and temperament – which will also hopefully become clearer during his Senate hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Both Donnelly and Heitkamp voted in 2017 to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, to the highest court.

Polling indicates 60 percent of North Dakotans want Heitkamp to confirm Kavanaugh, and only 22 percent want Heitkamp to oppose him. In Indiana, 52 percent of Hoosiers want Donnelly to confirm Kavanaugh, and only 34 percent want Donnelly to oppose him.

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