McConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.) is set to meet with Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE's new Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday as he begins to build support on Capitol Hill. 

Kavanaugh will meet with McConnell and Vice President Pence at 11:15 a.m., according to guidance released by the White House late Monday evening.
 
The meeting comes after Trump announced on Monday night that he would nominate Kavanaugh — currently a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
 
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McConnell's meeting marks the beginning of Kavanaugh's Capitol Hill charm offensive as he works to lock down the simple majority needed for his confirmation. 
 
Kavanaugh said during his remarks at the White House that he would begin meeting with senators on Tuesday. 
 
"I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic," Kavanaugh said. 
 
He added that if confirmed he would "keep an open mind in every case and ... always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law." 
 
The White House announced earlier Monday that former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) had agreed to sherpa Trump's latest high court pick through the Senate confirmation process.
 
Because Supreme Court nominees now only need a simple majority to be confirmed, Republicans could approve his nomination without help from Democrats if they remain united. 
 
 
Three Democrats — Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Morrisey accuses Manchin of 'lying' to Trump, attacks ‘liberal’ record The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Bipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Fed chief lays out risks of trade war MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellySenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Fed chief lays out risks of trade war Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee MORE (Ind.) — supported Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year. All three face tough reelection battles in red states this November.
 
 
But he said in a statement on Monday night that Kavanaugh's tenure on the D.C. circuit "has proven to be a profound disappointment."