Alabama's Jones says he is keeping 'open mind' on Kavanaugh

Geneva Stokes
July 31, 2018

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer escalated on Friday the ongoing partisan fight over documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's career, sending a letter to President George W. Bush asking him to authorize and make public the release of all documents related to Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House - including in the position of staff secretary.

The Manchin meeting could set the stage for other swing-vote Democrats to talk with Kavanaugh or even support him, despite fierce pressure from party leaders and activists.

Manchin previously said he wants to meet Kavanaugh before his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as well as afterward. With Senate control slimly held by Republicans 51-49, Democrats can't block Kavanaugh's nomination outright if Republicans hold together.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican who holds West Virginia's other U.S. Senate seat, wrote an op-ed in The Journal, a newspaper in Martinsburg, urging senators to give Judge Kavanaugh a fair shake.

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After weeks of threatening to vote against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. The request seeks documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's office but not from his time as staff secretary. North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana's Joe Donnelly, like Manchin, are running for re-election this year.

While Manchin has not publicy shared whether or not he will vote in favor of Kavanaugh, Republicans did inch one step closer to a smooth confirmation process Monday when "honestly undecided" Sen. Hult said the documents could include Kavanaugh's notes and memos he wrote or commented on that went directly to the president or chief of staff, but she said it could be hard to distill Kavanaugh's own views from them.

The group spending the most, the pro-Kavanaugh Judicial Crisis Network, says it has spent $4.5 million on ads created to boost Kavanaugh since Trump announced his nomination on July 9. Should Kavanaugh be appointed, the court would retain its 5-4 conservative majority, but would shift slightly further to the right, as outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes sided with his liberal colleagues on social issues like abortion and gay rights.

Kavanaugh also met Monday with Sen.

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