The dam has broken: Kavanaugh meets with swing-vote-West Virginia Sen. Manchin

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met with West Virginia Democratic sen Joe Manchin on Monday in the first session by a Democratic senator.

(Office of Sen. Joe Manchin)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh broke a political firewall Monday afternoon by a meeting with West Virginia sen. Joe Manchin to sit — the first Democrat President Trump’s pick for the high court.

The Manchin the way for other swing could vote, Democrats speak with Kavanaugh or even support him, in spite of heavy pressure from party and trade Union leaders.

Manchin said earlier this month, the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY “kiss my you-know-what” when he tried to put pressure on the West Virginia Democrat, into the opponent’s Kavanaugh. Manchin is facing a difficult re-election battle in a state that went for the trombone from the double-digit growth rates in the year 2016.

In a statement to Fox News, Manchin’s Republican Challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the accused Manchin, a “craven political calculation” by the delay in his decision, Kavanaugh nomination, it was decided to “the result already.”

“Sen. Manchin has to stop waffling and support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee,” Morrisey said. “Clearly, Sen. Manchin keeps his support for judge Kavanaugh, in order to help the policy of obstruction-liberal Chuck Schumer.”

Manchin’s office released talking photos of Kavanaugh and laughter with the senator late Monday night.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met with West Virginia Democratic sen Joe Manchin on Monday.

(Office of Sen. Joe Manchin)

The senator has said he is interested in Kavanaugh’s views on the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. He also has asked to send its voters and ask him for the meeting.


According to Manchin said he would speak with Kavanaugh, another red-state Democrat sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Announced last week that he would also meet with Kavanaugh. The sit-down is scheduled for Aug. 15.

Manchin was one of three Democrats who voted to confirm, Trump the first Supreme Court nominee Neil from gorsuch. Donnelly and sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota were the others. All three are up for re-election in the States Trump simply, in the year 2016.

Manchin has said it regrets Hillary Clinton in 2016, and indicated that he could dial the support of President Trump ‘ s again in the year 2020.

With the absence of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is tumors in the fight against brain, the Republicans can’t Kavanaugh afford to lose a single GOP to confirm vote if all Democrats voting “no.” Only a simple majority is needed to confirm Kavanaugh, after Republicans eliminated nominees with the filibuster for the Supreme court in the last year. Democrats had previously, the filibuster, the for other judicial nominees, the Obama administration eliminated.

I take my responsibility to advise and consent on a nomination for the #SCOTUS very seriously. As I did, as Merrick Garland & Neil from gorsuch were nominated, am I the evaluation of judge Kavanaugh’s record, legal qualifications, judicial philosophy and, in particular, his views on health care.

— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) 16. July 2018

There are new signs were on the early Monday, that the Republicans fell in line to support the candidacy. Sen Rand Paul announced after he met with Kavanaugh, he would support the nomination, despite earlier voicing concerns about the Kavanaugh’s commitment to the right to privacy.

The Kentucky senator was one of the few Republicans as a possible swing vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who voted to confirm from gorsuch last year, are also observed.

Both senators support the right to abortion, and liberal advocacy groups have argued that Kavanaugh would endanger confirmation, Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision of the Supreme court.

But with Paul voicing clear support — and Collins and Murkowski signaling potential support in the last few weeks — Kavanaugh, the prospects seem to be better than GOP-leaders-aim-to engineer a swift confirmation by the autumn.

Fox News’ Judson Berger and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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