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Red-State Dems Risk Crossing Schumer With Kavanaugh Meetings

Two vulnerable Democratic senators up for reelection in 2018 have scheduled meetings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They risk crossing Chuck Schumer, who is urging his caucus to hold out on meeting or calling the Supreme Court pick.

By NTK Staff | 07.25.2018 @8:30am
Red-State Dems Risk Crossing Schumer With Kavanaugh Meetings

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) became the second red-state Democrat to schedule a meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, but Donnelly and his counterpart Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) risk crossing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) by doing something so simple as scheduling a meeting.

Donnelly told NBC Indianapolis on Tuesday that his meeting with Kavanaugh will be on August 15.

“I will be meeting with Judge Kavanaugh on August 15th and I had always planned to meet with him. It was simply a matter of coordinating the schedules more or less as to when he would have the opportunity to come over and when [I] would be here between committee meetings and other things we have.”

Manchin announced a July 30 meeting with Kavanaugh on Monday.

Both Donnelly and Manchin could be risking the ire of their powerful caucus leader, though.

Schumer has been adamant about not even meeting with Kavanaugh – once a common courtesy for senators to offer a Supreme Court nominee – until Democrats and Republicans come to an agreement on procuring documents from Kavanaugh’s work with the Bush administration.

Schumer even bragged about his holdout efforts, as noted by NTK Network on Tuesday:

“I have told my caucus that I’m waiting, and I think most of them are following me,” Schumer told The New York Times on Monday.

That still leaves Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) as red-state Democratic senators who have to decide between following Schumer or following their constituents.

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